Adebayor worry for Toon trip

The on-loan Manchester City striker has been struggling with a

hamstring strain picked up in Spurs’ derby win over Arsenal 10 days

ago and is believed to have a 50-50 chance of playing in at St

James’ Park. Adebayor has impressed since moving to White Hart Lane

for the season, scoring three times in four appearances, and

Redknapp has a major dilemma over whether to select the former Togo

international, with the chance of doing even greater damage a real

possibility. “He has got a bit of a hamstring (problem),” Redknapp

told Sky Sports News. “He played on with it last week. He did it in

the first half against Arsenal and he played on, which is not easy.

He did have a tear. It’s touch and go for him really. “It’s a

dangerous one. If he tears it badly, he has got a grade one tear if

he makes a real mess of it and he could be out for six or seven

weeks. “It’s a difficult one to risk him, but we will see how he

feels. We will give him a couple of days yet, keep treating him and

hopefully he could be okay. “If he is a doubt, I wouldn’t want to

risk him. I wouldn’t want to lose him long term.” Influential

midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, who hit the opener in the 2-1 win

over the Gunners last time out, is also struggling to be fit after

a long-standing hamstring complaint again reared its head while on

international duty with Holland. “He sometimes has a problem with

that,” said Redknapp. “He has had a few hamstring (injuries) since

he’s been with us, but he’s important to us – he scores goals. He’s

an amazing finisher.” Redknapp added that Croatia duo Vedran

Corluka and Niko Kranjcar picked up knocks while on international

duty and are also doubts, while Brazilian midfielder Sandro is

being monitored after suffering a calf problem. “We have got one or

two little knocks,” Redknapp continued. “I lost a couple of boys

last night playing for Croatia – Corluka and Niko Kranjcar both had

to come off with injuries. They are getting scans today. “Sandro,

as well, picked up a calf (injury) last week, so we are waiting to

see how he is. We have got one or two niggles but hopefully we’ll

be okay.”