Harry Redknapp has admitted that Tottenham are facing serious problems within their midfield, as the North Londoners prepare to take on Hearts in the UEFA Europa League play-offs this Thursday.
Spurs qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth at the end of last season. The side were supposed to play Everton in their season-opener over the weekend, but the game was canceled because of the London riots.
And the cancellation may count as a blessing in disguise for Redknapp, who is having trouble finding a fit midfielder for his starting
"I'm struggling in that area. Jermaine Jenas is injured and so are Sandro, Steven Pienaar and Tom Huddlestone,” Redknapp said.
"At the moment, I think only Luka Modric is fit to play in midfield. On top of that William Gallas and Ledley King are also out."
In good news for Tottenham though, the side’s forward line looks to get a boost, with Redknapp revealing that Jermain Defoe is set for a big season with Spurs after doing some specialised work with a fitness coach.
"Jermain did not have the best time of things last season and had problems with injuries. He only scored four league goals and he is a 16-17 goal a season player, no question,” Redknapp mused.
"But he has looked fit and he has looked really sharp in pre-season and a lot of that is down to his own efforts.
"He went over to France to see a fitness coach and that really does seem to have helped him a lot.
"I am looking for him to have a big season for Tottenham. He is really flying at the moment."