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Adel Taarabt returns to Tottenham from QPR loan needing knee surgery

Adel Taarabt has ended his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers and returned to Tottenham with a knee injury which will require surgery.

 
Adel Taarabt returns to Tottenham from QPR loan needing knee surgery
Earning his spurs: Tottenham's morocco international Adel Taarabt's loan spell at QPR has come to a premature end Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Adel Taarabt has ended his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers and returned to Tottenham with a knee injury which will require surgery.

The 19-year-old Morocco international suffered the injury in training on Friday, forcing him to miss Saturday's goalless draw with Plymouth.

Taarabt made seven appearances for Rangers and scored one goal in the 2-1 win over Bristol City last month. But a scan has shown a cartilage tear which has brought a premature end to his season.

Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Didier Zokora could leave Tottenham in the summer after failing to command a regular first team place at White Hart Lane.

The Ivory Coast international has slipped down the pecking order following the arrival of Wilson Palacios in January, while the return to form of Tom Huddlestone has also contributed to him being out of the first team.

"If I can't play regularly then I shall be looking to leave," said Zokora.

"All my career I have been first choice and Harry likes me, but he also has good players but I need to play.

"The World Cup is in June 2010 and I can't sit on the bench if I want to be in the Ivorian squad.

"I am working hard to impress and get back in the team and I would like the season to finish on a high but it is hard for me after being dropped."

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