Villas-Boas plays down Tottenham injury concerns after Tromso win

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has said that two of the three injuries his players picked up during the Europa League win over Tromso are not serious concerns, Yahoo Sports has reported.

Danny Rose had to be withdrawn in the first-half with an ankle problem, Mousa Dembele was stretchered off after the break after receiving a kick from a visiting player and Younes Kaboul limped off shortly before full-time with an abductor injury.

But Villas-Boas confirmed after the match that Dembele and Kaboul were not major doubts for the weekend’s game with Cardiff, although the news was less positive on left-back Rose. “Dembele should be okay,” Villas-Boas said. “He felt a lot of pain when he was brought down, but now he’s steady. Younes felt muscle tightness in his adductor and we decided to take him off. He was struggling but he didn’t rupture anything.

We have to be a little bit more careful with Danny Rose,” Villas-Boas added. “We hope it’s not serious. We have to give him one night to see the reaction of his ankle. He is in doubt for Sunday but he should be okay.

Tottenham face two games in five days starting with the Cardiff trip, following it up with a Capital One Cup match at Aston Villa’s Villa Park. Spurs also play Chelsea at White Hart Lane before resuming European action with a trip to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

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