Rafael Van Der Vaart is available for Tottenham’s game against Bolton this weekend after overcoming a hamstring injury that had ruled him out of Spurs’ last two games.
The Dutchman has been in inspirational form so far this season, and equaled a club record when he found the back of the net in five consecutive games in October, but has been hampered in recent weeks by a hamstring complaint that left him unavailable for Tottenham’s 3-1 win over West Brom last weekend as well as the 2-1 Europa League defeat against PAOK Salonika on Tuesday.
The former Real Madrid man’s form has meant Jermain Defoe has found his first team opportunities hard to come by this season, but with the England international offering a glimpse of his talents by scoring the crucial second goal against the Baggies, manager harry Redknapp insists it isn’t a given that Van Der Vaart will walk straight back into the side.
“Rafa's available, but Jermain's in good form and scored a great goal at West Brom last week.” Redknapp told reporters
"I'm very lucky, they are both outstanding players and it's a tough call between those two. To be honest, neither deserves to be left out."
There was less good news on the injury front elsewhere as Brazilian international Sandro was decalred unfit to take part in the game at White Hart Lane.
"We're not looking too bad” Redknapp said. “Sandro has a bit of a problem with his groin, we can't seem to get him a run of games at the moment, he keeps getting niggles. He's the only other player struggling short-term."
Spurs go into the game in outstanding form having gone ten games unbeaten, a run that has propelled them up to third, just two points behind 2nd placed Manchester United with a game in hand.
Niko Kranjcar, Tom Huddestone and Michael Dawson remain long-term injuries and are also unavailable for the game.