Jermain Defoe has given Spurs a huge boost by returning to training, hopefully in time to face Arsenal in the bitter north London derby this weekend. The striker, who will miss tonight’s England friendly with France, could possibly be fit to play in the much anticipated clash with the Gunners. He has been absent since picking up an ankle injury on international duty back in September.
According to The Sun, Defoe returned to training with those not on international duty yesterday, and so the only question will be whether he can regain sufficient match fitness in time for Tottenham’s next domestic fixture.
van der Vaart praises Redknapp.
Rafael van der Vaart has heaped praise on manager Harry Redknapp for getting the best out of him. The Dutchman, who signed in a deadline-busting transfer from Real Madrid at the end of the August window, has become an instant cult hero at White Hart Lane, having scored five goals in nine games so far this season.
According to Sky Sports, van der Vaart said: “Harry is a very special man, that’s why I already feel at home at Spurs. It feels like I’m back on the street. There are no long and boring speeches about tactics, like I was used to at Real Madrid. There’s a clipboard in our dressing room but Harry doesn’t write anything on it.”
Spurs chase Marin.
Mirror Football is this morning reporting that Tottenham and bitter rivals Arsenal are both chasing the services of young German playmaker Marko Marin. However, according to Italian site Tutto Mercato European champions Inter Milan are also interested in bringing in the 21-year-old from current club Werder Bremen.
Marin made two substitute appearances for the senior Germany side during this summer’s World Cup, and he is thought to be a rising star in German football. Spurs fans could be forgiven for recognising the name too – he scored against them for Bremen during the two sides’ 2-2 draw in the Champions League in September.