With five days to go before another vital game in the 2012-13 campaign, there is genuine concern that Spurs’ England trio of Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe will be unavailable for Saturday’s North London Derby.
Kyle and Aaron withdrew from England’s squad to play Sweden tomorrow while Jermain couldn’t replace Wayne Rooney because of his injury. Usually, these things happen purely as a precaution but the concerns for Saturday seem legitimate.
Walker came off early in the match with Manchester City on Sunday.
“It was an injury situation as he felt his hamstring was tight,” Andre Villas-Boas said after the match.
“We didn’t want to risk losing him for three or four weeks.
“We held on for a couple of minutes when he gave us the sign but we took him off.”
All three players are struggling with hamstring problems although the club will doubtless offer more concrete news as the game draws closer.
If Defoe misses the match, Adebayor’s inclusion is an obvious one but the absence of Walker and Lennon could cause a bigger selection headache. Who would be your choice to come in?