Spurs fear ace out for lengthy spell
The England striker, who has already been ruled out of Wednesday’s clash against Brazil, injured his ankle against West Brom on Sunday.
He left the Hawthorns in a protective boot after twisting his ankle in the first half of the 2-1 victory.
The former Pompey striker will have an X-ray and an MRI scan today to assess the extent of the damage, but Spurs fear that it could be the worst possible news.
With Defoe being out for a minimum of three weeks, it has seen Andres Villas Boas’ gamble of not buying a striker in the January transfer window blow up in his face spectacularly.
Their only other front man, Emmanuel Adebayor, is on his way home from the Africa Cup of Nations after Togo were beaten in their quarter-final match against Burkina Faso.
However, the return of Adebayor would still only see spurs have one fit striker, meaning AVB may choose to play Gareth Bale up front against Newcastle next week.
AVB said: “When we played pre-season he played alone in America. It is something he feels comfortable with.
“He gives us even that possibility for sure. It is something we have to look to.”
The Spurs boss even suggested that Spurs could go down the same road as European and World Champions Spain, and not have a striker at all.
He said: “We create a lot in terms of attacking football. There was a team who were world champions that play without a striker.
“It is within their culture. It is a bit different here in England but you just have to adapt to it in the best way you can.”
Spurs will be praying that the injury is not a reoccurrence of the ligament damage that sidelined him for eight weeks in 2010, but they must wait until the swelling goes down before they can assess the extent of the damage.
Either way, Defoe will certainly miss the game against the Magpies, and both legs of their Europa League knockout tie against Lyon.
AVB went on to say: “Hopefully there is not a lot of ligament damage. If there is, it could be up to two or three weeks to recover.
“Obviously we took the risk because we felt we had options.
“Still we are safe with the options we have. We create a lot as a team. Our goals come from different sources and once again Bale has done the business.
“He is having a great season so far. But it is a setback because Defoe means a lot to us as a team, as a person and as a player.”