Tottenham defender Ledley King has successful knee surgery

Ledley King
King is set to return to training in August

Tottenham defender Ledley King has had successful knee surgery, the club have confirmed on their website.

King underwent an arthroscopy on his left knee on Monday and is expected to return to training at the start of August.

The 30-year-old England international currently struggles to play more than one game a week because of knee injuries that also limit his training.

King only managed nine appearances for Tottenham last season.

The surgery rules the defender out of the club's pre-season tour to South Africa, which begins on Wednesday.

The central defender has been troubled by chronic knee problems throughout his career.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has previously expressed his concern that the fitness of King is deteriorating even further.

"The defender is expected to rest for up to 10 days before progressing to full activity within a further 10 days," said a Spurs statement.