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Jermain Defoe injured: Ruled out of Tottenham"s next three matches

Defoe blow for Tottenham as injury rules striker out of next three matches

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

12:39 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:03 GMT, 3 April 2013

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has suffered a muscle injury which will keep him out of the club's next three matches.

It's a massive blow for Andre Villas-Boas's side who are fighting for a place in next season's Champions League and face FC Basle on Thursday night in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.

Defoe – who has 14 goals for Spurs this season – will miss the home-and-away legs against Basle and a crunch Barclays Premier League match with Everton at White Hart Lane.

No go Defoe: The Spurs striker has been ruled out of the next three matches

No go Defoe: The Spurs striker has been ruled out of the next three matches

Next up for Tottenham…

FC Basle (home, tomorrow, Europa League)
Everton ( home, Sunday, Premier League)
FC Basle (away, April 11, Europa League)
Man City (home, April 21, Premier League)

The north London club have a tough run-in of fixtures, but Villas-Boas is hopeful Defoe will return in time for the clash with defending champions Manchester City on April 21.

The Spurs boss said: 'Jermain has a
muscle injury and that’s probably going to take him out for the next two
games and maybe Basle away.

Coming to Spurs' Ade: The Togolese striker is one option to lead the line

Coming to Spurs' Ade: The Togolese striker is one option to lead the line

Coming to Spurs' Ade: The Togolese striker is one option to lead the line

'If he can’t make Basle away he should be fit for the week that we prepare to play Manchester City. It’s a big blow. It’s the same muscle he had a small tear in last month, but it’s the other side (pelvic injury).

'It’s a big miss for us because he’s a player who represents a lot for us and he’s showed tremendous quality this season.

'You’ve seen us play with (Clint) Dempsey and (Gareth) Bale up front. We have been in periods where are strikers have been injured and we’ve coped with it – sometimes less successfully, sometimes more so.

'We’ll definitely have him back for the Man City game, so the negative of having an injury is not that bad.

'We’ll have the player back for the decisive moments of the season.

'He probably did it through a shooting exercise we set out prior to playing Swansea.’

Hair we go: Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tottenham face FC Basle in the Europa League on Thursday night

Hair we go: Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tottenham face FC Basle in the Europa League on Thursday night

Gareth Bale says Tottenham team spirit will help Premier League and Europa League campaigns

Spurs' spirit will see us bid for glory on two fronts until the end of the season, says Bale

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

19:53 GMT, 1 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:10 GMT, 1 April 2013

Gareth Bale has said Tottenham can keep fighting on two fronts until the end of the season, claiming Champions League football for next season and challenging for the Europa League.

Spurs sit in third in the Premier League, five points ahead of north London rivals Arsenal in fifth, but have played a game more than the Gunners.

They also host Basel in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday, but talisman Bale believes the togetherness in the squad will see them through.

Ready to go: Gareth Bale said Tottenham can use their team spirit to compete on two fronts

Ready to go: Gareth Bale said Tottenham can use their team spirit to compete on two fronts

Bale

'We are a very close group as a team. At some places there's little groups here and little groups there but we have got a great team spirit and we want to take that into the rest of the season,' Bale told Eurosport.

'The main thing for us is that we don’t get carried away. We're comfortably able to finish fourth in the league and competing for third – we've got to take it game by game.

'We can push on in the Europa League as well against Basle. Our away form has been very good – we showed that against Lyon. We want to do as well as we can in both competitions.'

Bale's stunning strike against Swansea in Spurs' 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday was his 22nd for Spurs in all competitions this season, prompting some to brand him as one of the best in the world.

Flying high: Bale scored his 22nd goal of the season for Spurs against Swansea on Saturday

Flying high: Bale scored his 22nd goal of the season for Spurs against Swansea on Saturday

But for the man himself, two giants of the Spanish League are still the ones to beat.

'Ronaldo and Messi have set the standard as the best players in the world, and everyone wants to play like them' said Bale.

'Year by year I'm improving and I can still improve.'

Brad Friedel believes Tottenham"s tough run in will hlep their chance to qualify for the Champions League

Spurs' tough schedule will help their Champions League bid, says Friedel

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

21:45 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:57 GMT, 1 April 2013

Brad Friedel believes Tottenham’s tough April schedule will benefit their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Spurs moved into third place with their 2-1 win at Swansea on Saturday but must play Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City in the next three weeks, as well as a two-leg Europa League quarter-final against FC Basel.

Friedel, though, believes his side rise to the occasion against teams in the top half of the table. Home draws against the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Norwich and Stoke, as well as defeats by Wigan and Fulham, have, after all, stunted Tottenham’s progress this season.

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Tough schedule: Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes Tottenham's players will rise to the challenge in the run in

Tough schedule: Brad Friedel believes Tottenham's players will rise to the challenge in the run in

The goalkeeper said: ‘We have some tough Premier League games coming up and I think that is much better for us. The bigger the game, the more the players will step up to the plate.

‘It might be nervy for the people who think about it and watch it but in-house we know what we want to do. There are no nerves hanging around the training ground.’

On fire: Gareth Bale (right) scores with a stunning strike against Swansea

On fire: Gareth Bale (right) scores with a stunning strike against Swansea

This was a vital win for Andre Villas-Boas’ side although it took a last-minute tackle from Gareth Bale to prevent Nathan Dyer scoring an equaliser after Michu led a spirited Swansea fight-back in the second half. A loss — or even a draw after establishing a 2-0 lead with two stunning goals from Jan Vertonghen and Bale inside 21 minutes — and Friedel admitted Tottenham’s Champions League hopes could have been over.

The goalkeeper, 41, started his first Premier League game since November to allow Hugo Lloris to protect a slight knee injury he sustained on international duty with France. Friedel will play again against Basel on Thursday, but Lloris is expected to resume training on Monday.

Friedel said: ‘If we had given away a two-goal lead, psychologically it would have hurt. There would have been no denying that. It was very important that we won today (Saturday).

Vital: The win over Swansea was an important three points for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

Vital: The win over Swansea was an important three points for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

‘It was a massive three points. The week we had before the international break where we had the three losses (against Liverpool, Inter Milan and Fulham) meant this was a huge, huge win for us. To top it off Chelsea lost which makes it an even better weekend.’

Bale added: ‘It was important for us to get a win because it was important to stop the rot and try and kick on and make our season as good as possible. It was a great result for us today so hopefully we can keep this run going now. We’re still in the running for our objectives and hopefully we can fulfil them.’

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Ledley King backs Tottenham to win Premier League

Spurs can be Kings of England in two years, says former skipper Ledley

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

07:59 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 21 March 2013

Ledley King believes Tottenham could win the Premier League within two years.

The former Spurs defender, who works as an ambassador at the club following his retirement through injury, is impressed with manager Andre Villa-Boas and his squad.

And King has forecast exciting times ahead for the north London club.

On the up: Tottenham are enjoying a successful season at home and abroad

On the up: Tottenham are enjoying a successful season at home and abroad

'I rate the current Spurs team very highly,' he told the BBC.

'I think we've got a young and ambitious manager who's great and is going to do well for the club.

'I think we've got a great group of players at a good age where they're improving all the time and reaching their peak.

'The way the team are progressing at the minute, hopefully in the next year or two they will be really challenging for the Premier League.'

Heady heights: Ledley King (right) believes Spurs can challenge for the title

Heady heights: Ledley King (right) believes Spurs can challenge for the title

Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League as they fight for a place in next season's Champions League.

'It's a big club and you've got to make sure it's not just a one-off, you've got to keep doing it,' King added.

'Hopefully we can qualify this season and continue doing that for the future.'

Nuri Sahin thanks God he doesn"t play for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool anymore

Thank GOD I don't play for Rodgers any more! Ex-Liverpool midfielder Sahin (who wasn't very good) sticks boot into Kop boss

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

13:55 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 14 March 2013

Nuri Sahin has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers following his failure to make an impression at Anfield and thanks God he isn't playing for the Northern Irishman any more.

The Turkey midfielder joined Liverpool on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer but he made only 12 appearances before the deal was terminated in January.

The 24-year-old claims he was played out of position without explanation by Rodgers and is now glad not to be playing under him.

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Sahin, now on loan at Borussia Dortmund, told Spanish newspaper AS: 'Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a 10. But I do not play behind the forwards.

'I spoke with him and asked him why I was playing there. It is not my real position. The boss could not answer me… still, I am not sorry about it.

'To play in the red jersey and be in Anfield is something marvellous.

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

'Maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy.

'But I have left Brendan Rodgers, thanks be to God.'

Sahin made his name at Dortmund before joining Real in 2011.

He said: 'I feel well physically and mentally, everything is perfect. After returning to Germany, I feel much better.'

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

Tottenham v Inter Milan: Ref sent blind man"s stick by angry fans

Tottenham's ref is getting some stick! Angry Croatian fans send match official a white cane after he admits high-profile mistake… and he's in charge for Spurs match at Inter

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

15:15 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 13 March 2013

The referee of Thursday's Europa League match between Tottenham and Inter Milan has been sent a blind man's white stick by fans of Croatian side Hajduk Split after they were enraged by a contentious decision.

Ivan Bebek's call in a recent game between Split and Dinamo Zagreb frustrated supporters so much they sent a package to the Croatian Football Federation for the ref which included the white stick, a jersey and a Dinamo scarf.

The fans' club issued a statement saying: 'We apologise to blind people, we do not want to offend anyone, but just want to help the referee Ivan Bebek ahead of the game.'

Provocative: But the fan club insisted they did not wish to offend anyone

Provocative: But the fan club insisted they did not wish to offend anyone

Bebek admitted after the game on his Facebook profile that in hindsight he failed to call a clear penalty in favour of Hajduk Split.

The frustrated Split fans have now also forwarded on pictures of the package to Tottenham as a warning to them about the ref ahead of their crunch Europa League game.

Trusted: Ivan Bebek will overlook Spurs v Inter

Trusted: Ivan Bebek will overlook Spurs v Inter

Comfortable lead: Tottenham are 3-0 up to the third leg, in which Jan Vertonghen headed their third goal

Comfortable lead: Tottenham are 3-0 up to the third leg, in which Jan Vertonghen headed their third goal

Controversial Given the difficulty that can be involved in refereeing Gareth Bale, Ivan Bebek may be relieved he is suspended

Controversial Given the difficulty that can be involved in refereeing Gareth Bale, Ivan Bebek may be relieved he is suspended

From the spot: Steven Gerrard's penalty gave Liverpool victory over Tottenham on Sunday

From the spot: Steven Gerrard's penalty gave Liverpool victory over Tottenham on Sunday

Former Spurs starlet John Bostock joins Toronto on loan

Former Spurs starlet Bostock seeks to revive his career with MLS side Toronto

PUBLISHED:

19:06 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:06 GMT, 8 March 2013

Tottenham midfielder John Bostock has joined Canadian side Toronto FC on loan until the end of June.

The former Crystal Palace starlet has been at White Hart Lane for five years but has failed to break into the first team.

Out to impress: John Bostock will have a stint in the MLS

Out to impress: John Bostock will have a stint in the MLS

The 21-year-old has spent time out on loan at Brentford, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town.

Bostock will now head out again to gain further experience and he will this time go to Major League Soccer, where he will link up with former Spurs team-mate Ryan Nelsen at Toronto.

Nelsen was recently appointed as the club’s head coach and will be delighted to have increased his midfield options until June with the addition of Bostock.

Gareth Bale has banana thrown at him during Tottenham v Arsenal

Bale strikes back after Arsenal fan throws banana at him in north London derby

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

17:09 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:09 GMT, 3 March 2013

Gareth Bale had a banana thrown at him by an Arsenal fan as he went to take a corner in Sunday's north London derby.

The linesman removed it from the pitch and no further action was taken after the incident.

Bale got his own back soon after, being
played in by Gylfi Sigurdsson and prodding the ball past Wojciech
Szczesny to open the scoring for Spurs against their arch-rivals at White Hate Lane.

Incident: The linesman holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner

Incident: The linesman holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner

When bananas are thrown on to football pitches they are usually in incidents with a racial connotation.

Inter Milan fans recently racially abused AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli by bringing inflatable bananas to the San Siro for their recent derby.

Rio Ferdinand tweets that anyone comparing Gareth Bale to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo "doesn"t know football"

Think Bale is on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi You don't know football, says Rio

PUBLISHED:

09:36 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 27 February 2013

Rio Ferdinand believes anyone who compares Tottenham’s Gareth Bale to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona magician Lionel Messi ‘doesn’t know football’.

The Manchester United defender tweeted to his four million followers that Bale needs to keep scoring at this rate for three or four years for there even to be a debate.

He wrote: ‘People mentioning Bale in the same breath as @Cristiano + Messi really don’t know football! Bale been 1 of best 2 in PL this year but….

'Don't know football!' Rio Ferdinand has slammed those comparing Gareth Bale (below) to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, saying the last two are on a different planet

'Don't know football!' Rio Ferdinand has slammed those comparing Gareth Bale (below) to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, saying the last two are on a different planet

Best in the world Gareth Bale's spectacular strike for Spurs against West Ham on Monday led to comparisons with the greatest players in the world

Best in the world Gareth Bale's spectacular strike for Spurs against West Ham on Monday led to comparisons with the greatest players in the world

‘He is not on CR7 + Messi’s level yet…he carries on doing what he is doing for 2/3yrs then there can be a debate.

‘Bale showed me a clean pair of heals once this year so I’m in good position to judge! CR7 + Messi have been on another planet for 4-5yrs #consistent #KeepItClean’

Bale has already scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season — earning Tottenham an astonishing 15 points on his own.

Number one: Cristiano Ronaldo reminded us of his quality by scoring two goals for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona last night

Number one: Cristiano Ronaldo reminded us of his quality by scoring two goals for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona last night

Hot property: Lionel Messi has scored 49 goals for Barcelona already this season

Hot property: Lionel Messi has scored 49 goals for Barcelona already this season

Without him Spurs would be way off their quest for fourth place, languishing down in ninth position in the table. Statistics show manager Andre Villas-Boas has been given Bale free rein to roam the park and be selfish — he is making fewer passes and creating fewer goals than last season but scoring far more.

When Cristiano Ronaldo was Bale’s age at 23, he won the Ballon d’Or after scoring scored 31 goals for Manchester United at a rate of one goal every 89 minutes, with a shooting accuracy of 59 per cent.

So far this season Bale has scored 15 goals at a rate of one goal every 135 minutes, with a shooting accuracy of 57 per cent.

Peter Odemwingie in training ground bust-up with Albion teammate

Wantaway striker Odemwingie in explosive bust-up with Albion teammate over failed move

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

23:09 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:58 GMT, 8 February 2013

Peter Odemwingie and West Brom team-mate Steven Reid had a fierce bust-up after the Nigeria forward’s aborted move to QPR.

Odemwingie was yesterday fined 75,000 by West Brom after his appearance at Loftus Road on deadline day.

And the striker, 31, confronted Reid in the treatment room at the club’s training ground on Thursday.

Outcast: Peter Odemwingie (right) was summoned back to training during the international break

Outcast: Peter Odemwingie (right) was summoned back to training during the international break

Odemwingie was angered by comments attributed to Reid after last Sunday’s defeat by Spurs in which it was suggested that he would not be made welcome.

But Reid stood his ground, insisting the striker would have to work hard to win over the rest of the team.

Close eye: Steve Clarke watches Odemwingie in training

Close eye: Steve Clarke watches Odemwingie in training

Manager Steve Clarke said: ‘I don’t know what went on. If there has been a row between Steven and Peter, then I’m sure it was an honest row.

‘If you are telling me someone in this building is letting out stories, that fact is more upsetting for me than the fact that Steven and Peter had an exchange of words.’

Anger: West Brom fans are furious with Odemwingie

Anger: West Brom fans are furious with Odemwingie