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Jermain Defoe could miss North London Derby, but Adebayor will be back

Wouldn't you know it, after missing out on signing a striker on transfer deadline day, Tottenham Hotspur's main frontman Jermain Defoe went down injured, and could even miss the crunch fixture with Arsenal next month.

The scenes at the Hawthorns in the 39th minute of yesterday's game had an air of inevitability about them. Tottenham fans were not happy about the club's failure to sign a striker in the transfer window, and Jermain Defoe going down injured was what supporters feared most.

Spurs will certainly be praying the diagnosis on Defoe's ankle injury is positive.

He had already been playing thanks to an injection which helped numb the pain of a pelvic muscle injury, so now he is doubly 'in the wars.'

Defoe has been ruled out of the England game on Wednesday against Brazil, and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas says his hope is that the striker will be out for 'only a fortnight.'

He said: "We'll have to scan it to see if there is more damage, but hopefully it will only be two to three weeks."

He added: "I can understand you don't see a striker but I think we have goals throughout the squad, it is difficult without Defoe but we have to adapt as and hope for his comeback as soon as possible."

The good news is Gareth Bale's superb form, he has now overtaken Defoe in the scoring charts with yesterday's winner, taking his tally for the season to 11, ahead of Defoe's 10 goals.

A look at the fixture list will illustrate a little concern. If he is out for three weeks, he will miss next weekend's game at home to Newcastle United, and then both Europa League fixtures home and away to Lyon.

The good news is the Newcastle game is the only Premier League fixture in February, with Spurs having a weekend off on FA Cup fifth round day thanks to their elimination at Leeds, which Defoe also missed with injury.

The danger light exists if he does not recover, as a certain date sticks out on March 2, in just under a month's time. Tottenham v Arsenal.

AVB has stated 2-3 weeks, but we all know how injury diagnosis can be inaccurate. Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs was supposed to be out for three weeks after getting injured last Wednesday - On Friday Arsene Wenger confirmed the news Gibbs would in fact be out for six weeks.

If Defoe's 2-3 weeks becomes four, then Defoe will miss the derby.

There is good news however; Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo were last night knocked out by Burkina Faso, meaning the forward can fly home with perfect timing to take up the mantle as Spurs' number one forward.

Adebayor hit 17 goals for Tottenham last year, and flourished knowing he was first choice. He can now enjoy a spell at Spurs knowing he is the main man, and he can try to recapture that form.

If he is leading the line by time the North London Derby comes around next month, Spurs fans will hope he keeps his head this time.

What do you think of Defoe's injury and Adebayor's return? Have Spurs got a lucky escape with Togo being knocked out?

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