Though the news hasn't at the time of writing been relayed through any of Tottenham's official social media feeds or the club's site, highly-respected and well-connected Spurs journalist Ben Pearce dropped the bad news a few hours ago with the following tweet:
#thfc AVB says Lloris is back in training but Defoe is out for 2 or 3 games with a muscle injury (the other leg to before)— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) April 3, 2013
It thus appears that Spurs will be relying on the mercurial talents of Emmanuel Adebayor up top for the immediate future, though the news that Clint Dempsey is back in training means that Tottenham aren't completely stuck for backup options at forward with Defoe back on the injury table. Should Dempsey be called upon for first-team duty against FC Basel tomorrow night, which is a fair possibility considering the American's efforts in the Europa League so far this season, we'll likely see Shaquile Coulthirst or Jon Obika called upon again to deputize from the bench.
It's never nice to see any players at the club you support miss out on playing time through factors out of their hands, and it's a double shame for Defoe considering his obvious passion for the game and glory, and the extent to which what had been a stellar early run of form for him has been totally disrupted by muscle injuries already up to this point. Here's hoping his back with us as soon as possible for a strong finish to the season.