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.