Tottenham's South African captain Steven Pienaar was disappointed to be ruled out of the game against Orlando Pirates on Tuesday, the club he supported as a boy, but remains hopeful he can play in the final of the Vodacom Challenge on Saturday.

Pienaar has been recovering from a knee injury during Spurs' pre-season tour of South Africa, where they've played both the Kaizer Chiefs and the Pirates.

"I really wanted to play against Pirates on Tuesday but doctors advised me to rest," Pienaar said. "I'm a little disappointed but you don't have to push if the doctors advise otherwise.

"We are still busy with our pre-season training and it's not like we are in the middle of the league campaign where we are desperate for a win.

"I still have two training sessions as part of the final preparations but a decision will be taken by the medical personnel."


 

Spurs teammate Rafael van der Vaart meanwhile says that there's plenty more left in his game, following the free-kick goal he scored to open the scoring on Tuesday.

But despite the relatively slow start to their pre-season campaign, Van der Vaart is happy with the progress and would prefer to grow slowly that stumble when league play kicks off in three weeks.

"Finally I scored a free-kick! It was a long time ago since the last one, almost a year,' van der Vaart said. "I was delighted with that.

"Overall, a draw is fine. We can always play better but it's better to lose or draw in pre-season than at the start of the Premier League.

"I've played two lots of 45 minutes and I'm quite happy with that. I can improve, but that’s normal at this stage."

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