Jermain Defoe was not merely rested by Andre Villas-Boas for Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup defeat against Leeds United – rather the England international has been suffering from a pelvic injury that may even need surgery, the
Spurs started the match at Elland Road without a recognised striker on the pitch, attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey leading the line with Gylfi Sigurdsson in support. Defoe was not even on the bench in case of an emergency, with Villas-Boas instead naming young striker Jonathan Obika as back-up.
With Emmanuel Adebayor playing for Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations Villas-Boas’ options in attack were already limited, meaning Defoe has of late played despite the pain of his injury. The Mirror claims sources at Tottenham were shocked to see Defoe take to the field against Manchester United in Spurs’ last league outing, while he is said to have undergone treatment to help him prepare for Tottenham’s midweek match with Norwich City.
The transfer window closes this week and the newspaper believes Tottenham will sign a striker to ease the burden on Defoe, while Adebayor’s absence could be extended if Togo qualify from the Africa Cup of Nations group stage with a win over Tunisia on Wednesday.
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