Van der Vaart and Gallas join Modric as Spurs doubts


Rafael van der Vaart - Tottenham news

Luka Modric is Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest injury doubt ahead of the Champions League tie against Werder Bremen.

Harry Redknapp has revealed that he will leave it to the Croatian to decide if he is fit enough to face the German side after his injury scare on Saturday at West Brom where we all feared that he had broken his leg.

Elsewhere, the game could come too early for Rafael van der Vaart and William Gallas who have both been short of regular first-team football and match fitness.

Harry told the club’s official site: “The only big doubt we’ve got is Luka. He’s very doubtful. He travelled with us and we’re going to have a look at him.

“The news was good on the scan because there was nothing broken, but there’s still pain in his leg so we’re going to have to see how he is.

“Only he can decide. We were fearing the worst news [before the X-ray] and it looked as though he’d got a break again having had a similar type of injury last season.

“I couldn’t take a chance on him unless he feels right. I can’t have him going out there, breaking down and getting injured for the long term.

“He’s a great professional and wants to play all the time, but he’ll tell me how he feels and I must say he’s very doubtful.”

Harry added on Gallas and van der Vaart: “They did well but that was their first game having not played at all, so I will have to see what affect that game had on them before I make a decision as to whether they play or not.

“That was Rafael’s first 90 minutes since before the World Cup, and William’s first 90 minutes since the World Cup.

“They were both completely wiped out at the end of the game on Saturday. It was tough for them so I’ll have to see how they feel and take it from there.

“But they were both excellent and they’ve got experience having been there and done it all, and that experience would be important. It’s whether I feel they’re ready to play again so quickly.”

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  1. could we please wake up and stop this nonsense about Harry Redknapp taking over as England Manager.As the reality is that apart from the F.A cup in 2008 he hasn't won anything.So until he can consistently mix it with the Man UTD's and Chelsea's while fighting in Europe don't even entertain the idea,because as far as I can see he can't.
    Haven't we leaned anything with Steve Maclaren ,Kevin Keegan or Graham Taylor.
    The simple fact is Capello is the only one qualified for the job,I admit he got things wrong at the world cup but a manager with his pedigree will lean from his mistakes and get things right in the end.

  2. If Harry took the England job he would be insane. Given the lack of quality players he would be on a hiding to nothing. Stay at Spurs and be a hero. Not that they would ask harry anyway because of the dodgy dealings.

  3. Where in this article is there any mention about Redknapp and the England job? Stick to the article at hand lads.

    I expect VDV and Gallas to play against Bremen.

    Cudicini, Corluka, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto, Palacios, Lennon, VDV, Huddlestone, Bale, Crouch.


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