Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been ruled out of Tottenham's last-32 match against Dnipro on Thursday, robbing him of the chance for a final match before moving to Canada, reports Sky Sports News.

Defoe signed for Toronto FC in January, but with the league not starting until March 1, the striker was hoping to get the chance to make one more appearance for Spurs. Defoe has made over 250 appearances for Tottenham over two spells, scoring over 100 goals.

A hamstring injury has kept Defoe's appearances since December to only two games but he was hoping for a winning send off against Dnipro, who have a 1-0 advantage over Spurs.

The England striker decided to move to the MLS after struggling to maintain his place in the first team.

Boss Tim Sherwood was complementary about Defoe in his pre-game press conference, saying: "Whenever he pulled on the Tottenham shirt he always played with his heart and spirit for the club and gave everything, and everyone appreciates his efforts here. He certainly will be a legend at the club.”

Defoe's absence means that either Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to start up front. The form of the two couldn't be more different. Soldado will be eager to end his goalscoring drought whilst Adebayor will be hoping he can continue banging the goals in.

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