Tottenham Hotspur Team News: Bale, Lennon, Adebayor and King All Doubtful

CHIGWELL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur during a training session ahead of the Uefa Europa League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Shamrock Rovers on December 14, 2011 in Chigwell, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

We all knew that this day would eventually come. We were just hoping it would come when we had to play Blackburn Rovers or Bolton Wanderers as opposed to Chelsea. Yes, it appears that a number of Tottenham Hotspur's best players will not be fit for tomorrow's Chelsea fixture.

Aaron Lennon is out after tearing his hamstring at the weekend, Harry Redknapp claims it is only a minor tear and that the English winger could be back in a couple of weeks. Gareth Bale, who already missed last weekend's match is still struggling with an ankle sprain and has been unable to train. Harry Redknapp described the Welshman as being "very doubtful" for the match tomorrow.

Additionally, Both Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor could be held out. Defoe is still battling a hamstring injury and Adebayor has not trained this week thanks to a foot injury. Harry is hopeful that Adebayor will be ready for Chelsea, but if not Roman Pavlyuchenko will be the clubs only fit first team striker.

The team does receive a boost from the return of Younes Kaboul from suspension, but it may be too soon for captain Ledley King to return to action. Harry characterized King's chances for the match as 50-50.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will have both John Terry and Ramires fit to face Tottenham. David Luiz is still out with a knee injury he picked up against Wigan and will not be available for the Tottenham match.

The sheer number of injuries are, to me, worrying. The most worrying may be Bale's injury. However, Spurs will still have Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart. Also, Niko Kranjcar and Steven Pienaar, the likely replacements for our injured wingers, are both seasoned Premier League veterans who, on their day, are more than capable of turning in a top drawer performance against Chelsea.

As I said above, we all knew that the injury bug was going to hit some of our best players eventually. I'm hopeful that we can still go out and claim a result at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

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