Van der Vaart out for Six Weeks

Things just go from bad to worse for Spurs.

Via Yahoo!/Eurosport:
Dutch international midfielder Rafael van der Vaart will be out for up to six weeks after tearing a hamstring in last weekend's 5-1 defeat against Manchester City, his club Tottenham Hotspur said on Saturday.... 
He will miss at least the next four Premier League matches for Spurs as well as their opening Europa League fixtures against PAOK Salonica and Shamrock Rovers.
My money would be on Spurs pairing K2 (Emmanuel Adebayor) and Defoe in a classically 'arry "little/large" partnership. However, we could see Niko Kranjcar - who has started both of Spurs' matches so far - move into an advanced role with Tom Huddlestone (THud) coming into the midfield.

[In fact, THud should start regardless!]

For fantasy, this could see Gareth Bale reclaiming set-pieces and increasing his value.  Luka Modric could also see more of the ball as (if) he gets integrated back into the team.

However it plays out, Van Der Vaart has been Spurs' stand-out player since his arrival at the Lane, and he will be missed. Spurs aren't likely to be as good of a team without him, and sitting at the bottom of the table having scored one goal and shipped seven... that's a scary prospect.


  1. Anonymous1:38 AM

    How does Scott Parker fit in this? :)

  2. Good point... I guess you swap Parker in for THud.

    I need to get up to speed quickly! This is what happens when you vacation over the transfer window's closing.

    Thanks, Anon.

  3. Modric played fantastic against Israel

  4. Why is this VDV guy always crocked????

    Could it have anything to do with this lady whose picture is displayed above????

    Hhmm - I just wonder....

  5. Tayo - if this was your wife, wouldn't you want to enjoy as much R&R with her as you could? I would gladly take my £80,000 a week and do some yoga with this lady.

    Speaking of fantasy, K2 is dirt cheap and the only time he was any good in the last two years was when he was the big man up front with smaller, agile distributors putting the ball to his head or his boot in the final 18. Modric and Bale are perfectly suited for K2s attacking style so if he shows up ready to play - and that's a big mountain size IF - he should net at least a goal every other start.