We’re Doomed

Football - Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Fifth Round

Alright, that might have been a slight exaggeration. But there is a big problem for Spurs, 8 players are out. And worse still, it is the business end of the season, with massive games against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City still to be played.

And just below Manchester United, Tottenham are second on the Premier League Injury Table. It isn’t pretty reading, so I’m going to run down the situation.

David Bentley
Injury: Groin Strain
Probable Return: v Portsmouth (27th March)

A few months ago, I doubt anyone would have been bothered that David Bentley was injured. But then, after replacing the also injured Aaron Lennon, something unexpected happened, he started to play well. Then, typically, he got himself injured, leaving Spurs with very few midfielders left. He is only going to be a backup to Lennon, but his time to shine came and he impressed, including one goal against Fulham (albeit being a deflection). He is probably going to come back before Lennon returns, but with the midfield now restructured, I don’t think he will get into the team ahead of the likes of Modric or Kranjcar who play on the right of midfield.

Carlo Cudicini
Injury: Broken Wrist
Probable Return: Next Season

Carlo Cudicini had his role in goal at the start of the season, when Gomes was injured. Despite looking shaky, he was an adequate replacement. Then, on the 12th November 2009, he got himself involved in a nasty motorcycle accident, breaking both his wrists and injuring his pelvis. He was immediately ruled out for the rest of the season. Since then, Ben Alnwick has been the substitute keeper, but has yet to play this season. However, Cudicini’s contract runs out at the end of the season, the main question is, do Spurs keep him?

Jermain Defoe
Injury: Pulled Hamstring
Probable Return: v Arsenal (10th April)

The latest addition to the injury list. This morning Defoe was confirmed to have pulled his hamstring, meaning he would be out for three weeks minimum. This is in short, a devastating loss. A regular in the team who has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season, 17 of them in the Premier League. This injury has come at the worst possible time, in the greatest form of his career and trying to get Spurs into the top 4. I just really hope he is only out for three weeks.

Tom Huddlestone
Injury: Ankle/Foot Injury
Probable Return: v Arsenal (10th April)

You can criticise him all you want, but it was notable as soon as Huddlestone went off against Everton, Spurs started to struggle. It was the turning point of the game. Huddlestone, is without much doubt, one of the best passers in the Premier League. His balls to the wide men are simply fantastic. A Huddlestone-Lennon partnership is a dream. Right now, the partnership is stuck in the stands. Despite the midfield being restructured, I still feel Huddlestone can offer something there.

Jermaine Jenas
Injury: Groin Strain
Probable Return: v Fulham (24th March)

Fantastic. Jenas is injured so that prevents him from playing. One of the few players in the Spurs team who offers absolutely nothing. Oh no, bad news. He has returned to training. I can’t believe it. Please Harry, don’t change the line-up to get him in.

Ledley King
Injury: Thigh Muscle Strain
Probable Return: v Portsmouth (27th March)

The legend. Or, the always injured legend. There are two capable defenders able to stand in for King, Michael Dawson and Sebastian Bassong. But King does bring something into the team that I like. There is a sense of leadership at least, and he is one hell of a good player when fit. But that’s the only problem these days, getting him fit. Its such a shame injury has ruined such a great player.

Aaron Lennon
Injury: Osteitis Pubis (Groin injury, just go along with that)
Probable Return: I don’t think anyone knows that

The real loss to the team. Aaron Lennon in the first half of the season was simply amazing, he played a crucial part in the 9-1 stuffing of Wigan, absolutely murdering Erik Edman in the process. He has pace, his delivery is so improved no one can flaw it too much anymore. It is such a massive loss to Spurs, especially down the right hand side. Gareth Bale has impressed on the left, we need Lennon back to power down the right.

Jonathan Woodgate
Injury: Groin Strain
Probable Return: Next Season

Here’s a surprise, Woodgate injured. In all this season, he has played 3 games this season. Including the ill-fated thirteen minute spell against Stoke. He is a very good player, when all are fit, I wouldn’t like to be Harry Redknapp choosing between the four of them.

Danny Rose & Kyle Walker

They might be substitutes on a regular basis (despite my insistence on that Rose should be getting more games, I do think he is a good player) but they are also out with knee and arm injuries respectably. I don’t think at this rate we will have anyone left.

While we currently have a decent starting 11 (Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko and Crouch) it is the back up I worry about. Only Eidur Gudjohnsen and Younes Kaboul the only real first team players fit.

This is going to be a fun couple of weeks.

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Posted on March 19, 2010, in Spurs, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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