Sunday, April 12, 2009

Defoe to Begin Training This Week?

With the success against West Ham, Spurs are in a relatively comfortable position, now sitting at 9th in the table, and within shouting distance of a Europa League spot. With Newcastle coming to the Lane next Sunday, another 3 points could be in the offing, and our injury woes are starting to ease up.

Alan Hutton is getting back to full health, he has played in 2 reserve games in the past few weeks and could make the bench sometime soon. Jermaine Jenas had a hamstring problem which forced him to come off at halftime against West Ham, and there is no word from the club on the severity of the injury. He could play next week, or he could be out for several weeks, no one is really sure, but I'm thinking we'll see him on the field.

The other good news on the injury front is that Jermain Defoe should be coming back to training this week, provided that all goes well. His metatarsal injury has been healing well, and he should be sufficiently healed to return to training with the lads.

My guess is that he'll train this week, possibly play in a reserve match next week, and then Harry will evaluate his fitness to see if can come back into the team. Before the end of the month we should have Defoe back in the fold, and I for one, would like to see him paired up with Robbie Keane. I never saw the problem that Martin Jol did in the rare times he did play them together in the past, and I think the two of them could play off each other nicely. Yes, neither of them are the old-fashioned center forward, but I think with the way we've been playing as of late, a center forward is not the ideal option, as we are not launching balls upfield, but playing a composed passing game.

We'll see what happens when Defoe is fully fit, which should not be too much longer now. I'll let you all know as soon as Defoe is back out on the training pitch.

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