Van der Vaart news lifts Spurs

The 28-year-old Holland international was substituted at half-time

of Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea due to the problem, but a

subsequent scan showed no tear and he could therefore be in line to

play at Carrow Road. “He looks okay,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp

told Sky Sports News. “He looks like he could be fit. “We thought

he had a hamstring. He went for a scan and it didn’t show a tear.

“I think he probably had a bit of cramp in there where he’s had a

problem before, a bit of tightness he felt maybe might go, so he

took the precaution of not playing on with it.” Van der Vaart, who

trained on Christmas Day and will do so again on Boxing Day, added:

“I think I’m going to be fine.” Tottenham have lost just once in

their last 14 Premier League matches to climb to third in the

table, but Van der Vaart is not getting too carried away with title

talk. The former Hamburg and Real Madrid man said: “We are third

and still have one game in hand. We’re playing really good this

season – you can see it in the big games, so it’s going to be

interesting. “But there’s still a long way to go. We have to keep

on winning our games and then we’ll see.”