A number of Tottenham players have been absent in recent weeks due to injury – Aaron Lennon, Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue while Younes Kaboul who returned against Anzhi had to go off before the end.
Kaboul has been struggling with a number of minor injuries since recovering from the knee injury which kept him out for all of last season. He was injured in the opening game of last season at Newcastle and was unable to play again until the last pre-season friendly against Espanyol in August when he made an appearance as a half-time substitute. He played the final 4 minutes of the opening Premier League match against Crystal Palace before captaining the Spurs team in the Europa League match against Tbilisi in Georgia. He also played in the home game against Tbilisi a week later and was in the team for the match against Tromso. He went off against the Norwegian team leaving Spurs to play the final minutes with ten men as they had already used their three substitutes. He was out for a fortnight but returned in Russia against Anzhi but again had to leave the pitch during the second half, Michael Dawson replacing him in the 71st minute.
Every time Kaboul is injured, the fear is that it’s a recurrence of the problem which decimated his season last year.
PhysioRoom.com has logged the latest set-back as a muscle injury with a return date of 27th October.
Asked about Kaboul after the match, London24.com reported that Andre Villas-Boas had said that because of the injury in his knee it has taken time for his body to adapt to new positions when running and so is putting extra strain on his muscles and he keeps getting small contractions that limit him finishing the games.
At the moment it doesn’t look very serious but it will force him to stop for a week or so.
Rose has been out since the Europa League match against Tromso when he injured his toe. It had been reported that he would be available for the match with Chelsea last weekend but he remains on the injury list and has only a 50/50 chance of being available for Sunday’s game against West Ham. He should return after the international break.
The PhysioRoom.com site has put him down for a possible return this weekend with a late fitness test.
Lennon started in the opening game of the season against Crystal Palace but has not played since then with an ankle/foot injury. AVB confirmed that Lennon had returned to training at the beginning of the week and should be available when matches resume in a fortnight after the international matches. His return date on PhysioRoom.com is given as 20th October.
Capoue after an impressive start with Spurs was injured in the second half of the north London derby. Early reports suggested that he woul dmiss only three matches with the ankle problem but it is now thought that he could be ready to resume after the internationals. PhysioRoom.com, however, has given him a return date of early November.
Adebayor has been absent on compassionate leave following the death of his brother. Since returning to the club he has been unwell which has prevented him from training. It is thought that he will also be available by the time Premier League matches resume after the internationals.