Five players Tottenham can least afford to get injured on International Duty

Gareth Bale

Andre Villas-Boas will be sweating on the fitness of his top stars during the international break.

Whether the international break has come at a good or bad time for Tottenham depends on your point of view, given the three consecutive defeats to Liverpool, Inter and Fulham.  

The perspective will really alter if any of their top stars return with injuries, which is why mid-season international fixtures at this time of year cause huge concern to managers.

We have taken a look at which five stars Andre Villas-Boas should be sweating the most on over the next few days.

Gareth Bale

The fact Spurs need Bale to stay fit almost goes without saying. But it should take added concern after comments from Dundee manager that Scotland must kick him out of the game if they are to beat Wales. Tottenham have vital fixtures coming up, and watching Bale flog the dead horse which is Wales' qualifying campaign must be an unnecessary worry to fans.

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe has just spent a month on the sidelines so the last thing he needs is to end up back in the treatment room. The striker is yet to score since his return, but the England spell could spark him into life. Spurs can't afford him to get injured because otherwise they will be left relying on Emmanuel Adebayor again who will no doubt return knackered from Togo.

Jan Vertonghen

With the possible exception of Bale, no Spurs player has been better over the last two months - and the season, than Jan Vertonghen. Unlike Bale, he does have some serious business to attend to with Belgium, who are striving to stay top of their World Cup qualifying group. His fully committed style has not seen him claim any serious injury so far for Spurs, so they will hope that continues.

Mousa Dembele

Earlier in the season Spurs really struggled with Dembele out, and they do not need him getting injured again. Spurs already have Sandro on the sidelines and the Belgian is key in the middle alongside Scott Parker. Tom Carroll is a good prospect, but having to throw him in to replace Dembele may be too much too soon at such a critical time.

Clint Dempsey

This one may seem slightly illogical, as Dempsey has been out for the last few weeks with a calf injury, but that would make it even more frustrating for the player. Dempsey has the capability to turn a match with his goals in the big games, as seen by his two strikes against Manchester United home and away, and that knack could be important to Spurs over the next month.

Are you worried about Spurs players going down injured over the break?

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