Scott Parker is expected to return from injury in the next two weeks. It has been thought that the Spurs and England midfielder would be out until Christmas but Andre Villas-Boas indicated at his press conference that Parker was making a quicker recovery than had been expected. Parker missed the final four matches for Tottenham at the end of last season with an Achilles injury and it had been thought that he would miss the opportunity of going to the European Championships with England in the summer. He recovered, however, and played in all four games in England’s Euro 2012 campaign. It is thought that he aggravated the injury during the tournament where England were reliant on Parker and Steven Gerrard in central misfield.
On returning to preseason training in July Parker was omitted from the party which travelled to the United States and in mid-August underwent surgery on his Achilles’ injury. The initial date given for his return to training had been mid-September but complications caused a delay.
Parker made 34 appearances for Spurs last season following his transfer from West Ham United and was a key player for the team in midfield. His return could provide options for Villas-Boas in midfield where he has also lost Mousa Dembele through injury in recent matches putting an over reliance on Sandro. Parker’s presence could also help to resolve two of Tottenham’s major issues this season:
- their inability to finish teams off having dominated the game as occurred again in the Capital One Cup tie at Norwich and
- conceding late goals which has proved costly too often this year.
Parker’s combative tendencies combined with his work-rate and total commitment during a game could be what has been missing in Andre Villas-Boas’ team so far this year. Hopefully, the news of his imminent return prove correct for Parker who was the Footballer of the Year two seasons ago.