Jermain Defoe injury leaves Tottenham in striking crisis

Defoe ankle injury leaves Spurs facing firepower crisis with Adebayor away

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

16:20 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:26 GMT, 3 February 2013

Jermain Defoe has picked up an ankle injury which could keep him out for up to three weeks.

The Tottenham forward sustained it in a 50-50 challenge with West Brom's Shane Long on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said Defoe will be sent for a scan to determine the extent of the damage and said he will be withdrawn from Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Brazil friendly.

Blow: Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three weeks after suffering an ankle injury

Blow: Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three weeks after suffering an ankle injury

Villas Boas said: 'I am extremely happy with the win – apart from the injury to Jermain Defoe.
'He rolled his ankle. He will have to have a scan to reveal the extent of the injury.

'Hopefully there is not a lot of ligament damage. If there is, he could be out for two to three weeks.

'Has he been withdrawn from the England squad Yes he has.'

The Tottenham manager tried to secure a new striker on deadline day but failed to negotiate a deal with Internacional for Brazil forward Leandro Damiao.

With Defoe out and Emmanuel Adebayor in Togo on Africa Cup of Nations duty, there are no strikers left at the club, bar youngster Harry Kane.

Clint Dempsey can play as a striker if necessary, although he prefers to feature in a supporting role.

Cut short: Defoe was subbed

Cut short: Defoe is helped off

Cut short: Defoe's afternoon was ended by the injury and he was helped off the pitch in great pain

Watching on: Roy Hodgson was at The Hawthorns to see the incident

Watching on: Roy Hodgson was at The Hawthorns to see the incident

Forward push: Clint Dempsey will likely have to fill in up front for Defoe

Forward push: Clint Dempsey will likely have to fill in up front for Defoe

Defoe's team-mate Gareth Bale secured a
precious away victory that boosts Spurs in the hunt for a Champions
League place – Andre Villas-Boas' side are now fourth.

The dismissal of Goran Popov in the 47th minute changed the game in
Tottenham's favour, though, and Bale duly secured all three points with a
spectacular solo goal.

Bale told Sky Sports 1: 'It's massive. We spoke before the game because
other results went our way yesterday and that gave us a big chance to
capitalise. Thankfully we did.

'I think all the lads worked very hard and they deserved the victory.'

No reinforcement: With Emmanuel Adebayor away, Andre Villas-Boas will regret not signing a striker

No reinforcement: With Emmanuel Adebayor away, Andre Villas-Boas will regret not signing a striker

Meanwhile, Germany international Lewis Holtby made his second Spurs appearance from the bench and revealed he is settling in well.

He said: 'The lads are all making it easy for me to play. It's a fantastic club and I enjoy coming in every day.

'It's a massive boost to get the three points away (from home). It's unbelievable.

'If we have games like today and get the three points then it's a massive relief. I'm just happy to be at the club.'

Bedding in nicely: Lewis Holtby is pleased with how things have gone so far for him at Tottenham

Bedding in nicely: Lewis Holtby is pleased with how things have gone so far for him at Tottenham