Last week we were told to expect a lengthy lay off for Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart following his hamstring injury but according to the player, a period of intensive training could see him in line for a shock return against Liverpool at the weekend.
“I have been treated intensively by Dick van Toorn,” Van der Vaart said.
“I was able to do proper turns again and regular sprints. Next weekend seems like no problem to me!”
Meanwhile, the aforementioned physio, Dr Van Toorn was effusive in his praise of the patient,
“In the hospital they said Rafa would be out for more than a month but he can play in next week’s Tottenham match,” he said.
“I will leave that decision up to the medical staff of Tottenham. Rafael is a crown jewel for football. I have rarely met a player in all those years who is so dedicated to his job and who wants to work so hard to get back on the pitch.”
Good news maybe but given VDV’s injury record since arriving from Real Madrid, an early return may not be the best option and following on from Saturday’s win over Wolves, could he really expect to walk straight back into the side?