A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
Tottenham Hotspur will be without Gareth Bale for the visit of Everton this weekend, after the Welshman suffered a late injury in the 2-2 draw with Basel last night. Aaron Lennon and William Gallas are also doubts after picking up knocks in that match, whilst Jermain Defoe, Sandro and Younes Kaboul are also out.
Everton have selection problems of their own ahead of the match, with Kevin Mirallas still an injury doubt and Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini suspended. Mirallas scored the only goal against Stoke last weekend, and David Moyes will be hopeful that the Belgian forward can recover in time.
Bale, along with Aaron Lennon and William Gallas, is expected to return in a fortnight, with Spurs hopeful that the Welshman will be fit to face Manchester City on the 21st April. The trio will miss the match with Everton this weekend, and the trip to Basel next Thursday.
Gyfli Sigurdsson has said that Spurs’ other attacking players can fill the void left by Bale as he recovers from his injury, although it will not be easy given Bale’s fantastic recent run:
“When someone gets injured someone has to step up and fill his place.
"It will not be easy with Gareth because of how well he has been doing this year, but someone needs to come in and do well for the team."
Both Everton and Spurs were celebrating ahead of the match, with David Moyes named Premier League Manager of the Month for March, and Jan Vertonghen winning the Player of the Month award. Vertonghen was only outscored by Luis Suarez throughout the month, netting three times for Spurs, whilst Everton won three matches out of three under Moyes’ guidance.
David Moyes has said it is unfortunate that Bale will miss the weekend’s match, but admitted that having a player he described as arguably the best in the league at the moment injured is good news for the opposing manager.
On HITC today, Lewis Doe argues that Spurs can finish the season strongly even without Bale. We also have a piece from Mathew Nash that looks at Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to play Lewis Holtby on the wing.
In transfer news, there have been reports that Spurs will rival Liverpool to the signature of Blackpool’s Tom Ince, who is being targeted as cover for Aaron Lennon. Spurs beat Liverpool to the signing of Gyfli Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey last summer.
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