Tottenham’s injury crisis has deepened with the news Rafael van der Vaart is likely to miss the club’s next three games with a hamstring injury.
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Van der Vaart has played a key part in Tottenham’s good form recently, but struggled to make an impact in Thursday night’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea and had to come off at half-time after complaining of a hamstring injury.
It is not the first time the Dutchman has spent a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring complaint, and he is now doubtful for the upcoming games against Norwich, Swansea and West Brom, Harry Redknapp confirmed after Thursday’s game.
"I’d think he would be out for the festive period," the Spurs boss said.
"He seems to suffer from hamstring problems a lot and he got another one tonight, but when he plays he’s a fantastic footballer, the little fella."
Five of Redknapp’s squad are now on the sidelines with hamstring complaints Aaron Lennon suffered his injury against Sunderland on Sunday and is likely to be out for the club’s next three games, while Ledley King and Younes Kaboul both hurt their hamstrings last night, the latter in the warm up.
Jermain Defoe was absent last night with his hamstring problem, but Redknapp hopes the England striker could be fit for the club’s trip to Norwich on December 27.
He is desperately needed as Van der Vaart is now out and Emmanuel Adebayor and Roman Pavlyuchenko have been struggling with knocks recently.
Redknapp said: "I don’t know whether Jermain will be fit. We’ll see how he goes. Hopefully Adebayor and Pav are OK, so we’ll have a couple of strikers. I’m hoping Jermain might be fit."
Adebayor gave Spurs the lead in the eighth minute last night after giving John Terry the slip to tap home Gareth Bale’s cross, but it took little time for Chelsea to recover.
The Blues equalised around 20 minutes later before missing a glut of chances to earn a win that would have seen them leapfrog Tottenham in to third.
Redknapp admits he was disappointed not to have won the match and conceded that Van der Vaart’s injury played a big part in his team’s failure to take home all three points.
"We started way on top. It was one-sided that first 20 minutes, we were outplaying them and scored the goal. Then they got stronger," Redknapp said.
"The second half was difficult. I had to make the sub, and I was stuck for someone to stick wide right. I had no-one to play with the same shape.
"We still had chances, even when they were stronger, especially on the counter. But neither team could get that second goal."