Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe’s ankle problem is not as bad as first feared, and the England international should return to training later this week.
Defoe broke down during a training session at Al Alhi’s Rashid Stadium in Dubai, where the club are enjoying a warm-weather training camp after having over a week between matches.
The players return to England this week to prepare for a tough game against Wolves on Sunday, before the return leg of their clash with AC Milan in the Champions League.
Defoe amazingly hasn’t scored a Premier League goal this season, but is still a valuable part of the team and gave boss Harry Redknapp a scare.
“Defoe has an injury again. He’s had a problem with his ankle before and it didn’t feel too good,” said Redknapp.
“We’re trying to finish in the top four and it’s so close. But we’ve got so many players injured, people forget.
“We’ve got Tom Huddlestone, Younes Kaboul, Ledley King, [Jonathan] Woodgate, [Gareth] Bale, [Rafael] Van der Vaart.
“If you could pick a team of injured players it would be a fantastic team.”
After scans the club were able to release better news on their website, saying, “Jermain Defoe will return to training on the squad’s return home this week after undergoing X-rays on his foot following his participation in today’s session.
“The X-rays were clear and the striker is expected to rest tomorrow as a precaution to allow any possible soft tissue irritation to settle.”
Hutton is also expected to return shortly, after missing the last five games as Harry bought Corluka in.
Redknapp said: “Alan had a groin strain, but he’s fit now. I changed it after Fulham; I brought Corluka back in and we went and won four games on the spin, went to Milan and won.
“But that’s football: now Charlie [Corluka] is injured, so Alan’s got a chance to get back in the team.”