According to Harry Redknapp, Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart will miss at least the next three fixtures for Tottenham Hotspur. Van der Vaart has, apparently, re-injured his dodgy hamstring in the first half of yesterday's Chelsea match. Following the match Redknapp had this to say:
I'd think he would be out for the festive period. 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.
Ledley King and Younes Kaboul are also battling hamstring injuries and could both miss the Norwich City match. King was likely to miss that match anyway, but we will likely be faced with the prospect of William Gallas and Sebastien Bassong in the center of defense. Jermain Defoe could be fit in time to take the pitch against the Canaries, but it's uncertain. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Emmanuel Adebayor should both be fit for that match, but the return of Defoe would be a big boost.
Honestly, this is not the worst time to be missing players through injury. Sure, Norwich, Swansea, and West Brom are not pushovers, but this is a much easier run of games than the one that the team will be facing from the beginning of February to the end of March. Hopefully Rafa, Ledley, and everyone else are able to heal up over the next month and the club will be ready to face it's tough run with a full complement of players.