Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Holtby and Defoe injury update

A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.

Hugo Lloris has suggested Tottenham Hotspur are not too far behind the teams above them, and that a top three finish is within reach, but must be wary of a late charge from Arsenal as they look to solidify a Champions League place:

“For the minute, the season has been promising, but the hardest part is yet to come because there are still a number of key matches to be played and we'll have to be ready for that.

"For the moment, we're well-placed, though we're not beyond a possible charge by Arsenal."

Lloris also talked about how he found it difficult when he first arrived at Spurs, he never had anything but respect for Brad Friedel, who has helped him settle in English football.

The French keeper also discussed the upcoming match with his former club Lyon, saying it would be difficult to play against his former teammates, but that he was absolutely focussed on winning the match.

One match that will be key in the run in is the home game against Arsenal on the 3rd March, and Spurs have been given a boost by the news that Jermain Defoe is hoping to be fit in time for the match. Defoe’s recovery from injury is progressing well, and he could even be fit for the Europa League second leg against Lyon.

Lewis Holtby has said that whilst Gareth Bale is playing fantastically well, Spurs are not a one man team, and that the key to the team’s success is everyone working hard.

“He's a world-class player. What he's producing week in, week out is fantastic and to have a player like Bale makes the difference.

"But it's not only Gareth. You have to give the credit to the others.”

Rumours have continued about Bale’s possible departure this summer, and on HITC today Lewis Doe has suggested that Spurs should look to get some players as part of a deal should Bale go to Real Madrid.

Ian Rush is one man who has warned Bale about the dangers of moving abroad, saying whilst it can be a fantastic learning experience, you have to be sure you can settle in a new country. Rush himself found it difficult when he moved to Juventus, with whom he only stayed for a year before returning to England.

In other transfer news, Spurs might find any attempt to sign Leandro Damiao this summer made harder by interest from Napoli, who have reportedly lined up the Brazilian as a replacement for Edinson Cavani.

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