Euro axe ‘annoys’ van der Vaart

Van der Vaart hobbled off during Spurs’ 5-1 defeat to Manchester
City just over two weeks ago amid fears he had torn the hamstring
in his left leg. Tottenham later confirmed the injury and said they
expected the Dutchman to be out for six weeks. Because of this, and
his decision to give priority to Spurs’ domestic campaign, manager
Harry Redknapp decided to omit the 28-year-old from his squad for
the Europa League group stages. However, after seeing specialist
Dick van Toorn in his homeland, van der Vaart is confident that he
will be back in action much sooner than expected, and could
possibly even play in this Sunday’s Premier League match against
Liverpool at White Hart Lane. In a section headlined “annoying” on
his personal website, van der Vaart wrote: “I still think it’s a
peculiar situation. “Spurs could at least have consulted me. Anyway
it’s up to the point of no return. I will be focusing on the game
against Liverpool. “I’m pretty convinced I will be fit by then
thanks to Dick van Toorn.” Spurs kick off their Europa League
campaign against PAOK Salonika in Greece on Thursday. If they get
through the group stages, they will be allowed to add three new
names to their squad. Redknapp has said that he intends to blood a
number of youngsters such as Harry Kane, Tom Carroll and Jake
Livermore to help his team’s push for a Champions League spot from
the Premier League. Redknapp’s team, who won their first points of
the season with a 2-0 win at Wolves on Saturday, are facing a
mounting injury crisis. Michael Dawson is the latest to suffer an
injury. The England defender picked up an Achilles problem last
week and could be out for some time.