Harry Redknapp looks set to leave the decision on Rafael van der Vaart’s fitness down to the player himself. The Dutchman made a surprise recovery from a hamstring injury suffered at Old Trafford to star in Spurs’ win over European champions Inter Milan last week, and it is thought the player may do the same this week for the visit of Sunderland.
According to the UK Press Association, Redknapp said: “It’s like any player, I think you always ask them. The only person who knows how they feel is the player. All the physios in the world can say whatever they want. If you’ve got a pain, the physio can say, ‘No, he’s okay’, but you say, ‘No I’m not’ – you’ve got to be relying on the player.”
No Huddlestone ban.
Midfielder Tom Huddlestone has escaped punishment after being accused of stamping on Bolton’s John Elmander.
Huddlestone had appeared to land his studs in Elmander’s chest – and the Swede claims to have the marks to prove it, according to Imscouting.com. The incident could have led to a three game suspension for Huddlestone, but referee Chris Foy admits to seeing the incident and deciding at the time to take no action – leaving the FA powerless to act.
Manager Harry Redknapp was quoted yesterday in his defence of the former Derby midfielder, who is now free to line-up in the match against Sunderland at White Hart Lane this evening.
Kranjcar nears exit.
Meanwhile Huddlestone’s fellow midfielder, Niko Kranjcar, has admitted he may seek a move away from the Lane should he fail to pin down a regular starting spot in the Spurs side.
The former Portsmouth star admits to enjoying life as a Spurs player, but his lack of first team action is somewhat worrying for the Croatian international.
He made his first start of the season against Bolton, but is considered likely to return to the bench for tonight’s game with Sunderland having already made five substitute appearances this term.
According to the Daily Mail, the player said: “I feel great at Tottenham, so if I could play regularly for my team, then my first option would be to stay at White Hart Lane. But if I don’t play much, then I will have to look for other solutions. Nobody wants to be a reserve and that goes for me too.”