Tottenham Hotspurs' injury woes have taken a fresh new twist with the news that South African winger Steven Pienaar has been ruled out of the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid after aggravating a groin problem that's been bothering him for several weeks. The midfielder broke the news via his Twitter account:
Out for the Madrid game. Groin still not right.
With both Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon nominally fit, Pienaar was not expected to start the match at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his absence does rob Tottenham of some vital depth, especially considering that Bale and Lennon aren't exactly known for their durability. It's currently unclear just how Harry Redknapp will deal with things if either one of his starting wingers does go down with an injury in the match on Tuesday.
For more on Pienaar and Tottenham Hotspur, check out SB Nation's Spurs blog Cartilage Free Captain.