The postponement of tomorrow’s match with Everton has at least given Rafael van der Vaart an extra few days to get fit for the start of the new season.
Earlier in the summer the Dutchman, who struggled with niggling injuries throughout his first season at White Hart Lane said: “I can remember when I came here, okay, I had pre-season at Madrid and I felt quite fit but here, the pace of the game is more intense than in Spain and that’s why I had a few little injuries.
“At the end I played a lot of games and I hope to do the same next season.”
Unfortunately an ankle knock picked up in the win at Brighton threatened his involvement in tomorrow’s aborted game with assistant Kevin Bond saying that the club were ‘keeping their fingers crossed’.
Suggestions were that VDV himself was targeting the Hearts game for his return and for one member of the squad at least, tomorrow’s cancellation could be a blessing in disguise.