Van der Vaart Injury Blow

Rafael Van der Vaart could be sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp risked Van der Vaart in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool, but the Holland international lasted just 10 minutes before limping off and it is the latest in a list of injuries the midfielder has been plagued with since arriving from Real Madrid in August. And Redknapp said:

“Rafa felt it tear, so that doesn’t look too good.

“It’s so disappointing for Rafa. He keeps picking up little injuries. It’s probably because he’s missed a pre-season or was away at the World Cup and had not played many games.

“When your fitness is a bit low it’s hard to get up to speed. He keeps getting little nicks.”

And the 2-1 victory over Liverpool, courtesy of a last-gasp goal from Aaron Lennon, came at a further price with Younes Kaboul also being forced off with injury at White Hart Lane. Redknapp added:

“Younes felt he might have torn a muscle in his hip. He felt that go.”