VDV accepts bench role

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart is content with his current spell on the bench at White Hart Lane after his latest snub against Bolton Wanderers.

A number of hamstring problems have restricted Van der Vaart's appearances this season, while his replacement, Jermain Defoe has scored in three of his last six games.

With the Dutchman now on the road to recovery, he was handed just a cameo role against Bolton Wanderers last weekend, but the 28-year-old is knows his time will come.

"I fully understand I had to start on the bench. I could only train once with the group," he said.

"Then there are some more players the manager can pick, so of course I had to start of the bench.

"With regards to my injury I can say it feels pretty well, up to 100% fit. Just keep up the hard work this week and hope to start next game.

His manager, Harry Redknapp, says it was a tough decision to leave out the playmaker.

"It was a difficult choice," explained Redknapp. "I chose Defoe because of his recent performances and the shape he’s in.

"I love Rafa, he’s a tremendous player, a perfect professional, but still with his kind of injury you have to be careful. If you don’t he can be out for six weeks."

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