Redknapp has injury quandary

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has a number of injury concerns ahead of the visit to Newcastle United.

Four successive Barclays Premier League wins appear to have taken its toll on Redknapp's squad, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Rafael van der Vaart, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar all doubts for this coming weekend.

Redknapp's biggest concerns surrounding Adebayor, whose hamstring injury could be considered too severe to be risked against the Toon.

"He has got a bit of a hamstring. He played on with it last week," Redknapp said.

"He did it in the first half against Arsenal and he played on, which is not easy. He did have a tear. It's touch and go for him really.

"It's a dangerous one. If he tears it badly, he has got a grade one tear if he makes a real mess of it and he could be out for six or seven weeks.

"It's a difficult one to risk him, but we will see how he feels. We will give him a couple of days yet, keep treating him and hopefully he could be okay.


"If he is a doubt, I wouldn't want to risk him. I wouldn't want to lose him long term."

Adebayor has scored three times for Spurs already since his loan move from Manchester City, but is likely to be replaced by Jermain Defoe if ruled out.

The bad news for Redknapp doesn't stop there however, with another three players in a race against time to be fit for the St James' Park trip, with Van der Vaart's hamstring complaint making his involvement uncertain.

"He has had a few hamstrings since he's been with us, but he's important to us - he scores goals," Redknapp added.

"He's an amazing finisher. Last season I think he got 12, this season he's capable of getting near 20 goals from playing in that position where he likes to play.

"I lost a couple of boys last night playing for Croatia - (Vedran) Corluka and Niko Kranjcar both had to come off with injuries. They are getting scans today (Wednesday).

"Sandro, as well, picked up a calf last week, so we are waiting to see how he is. We have got one or two niggles but hopefully we'll be okay."

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