Rafael Van Der Vaart will miss the entire festive period after being ruled out until the new year with a hamstring injury as Bet365 announce a free bets offer for customers to use on the Christmas football.
Van Der Vaart was forced from the pitch in Spurs’ 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Thursday at half time with a recurrence of the hamstring complain that has dogged his career at White Hart Lane.
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The Dutchman’s absence gives Spurs boss further headaches going into the boxing Day fixture against Norwich after it was revealed that Aaron Lennon would be missing until at least January while the in-form Younes Kaboul tweaked his hamstring during the warm up for the game against Chelsea.
Redknapp confirmed the former Real Madrid man’s absence form the boxing day fixture at Carrow Road, and admitted that Van Der Vaart’s persistent hamstring injuries were becoming a real problem.
I’d think he would be out for the festive period,’ the Spurs boss said.
‘He seems to suffer from hamstring problems a lot and he got another one tonight, but when he plays he’s a fantastic footballer, the little fella.’
Jermain Defoe and Ledley King are also injury doubts for the game against Norwich, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Roman Pavlyuchenko were both limping by the full-time whistle at White Hart Lane last night.
‘I don’t know whether Jermain will be fit. We’ll see how he goes. Hopefully Adebayor and Pav are OK, so we’ll have a couple of strikers. I’m hoping Jermain might be fit.’ Redknapp commented.
Norwich meanwhile have few in jury worries with Ritchie De Laet nearing full fitness, although Canaries boss Paul Lambert is unlikely to throw him in at the deep end straight away.
James Vaughan and Elliott Ward are both likely to miss the game having missed the 2-2 draw with Wolves on Wednesday, while Kyle Naughton is suspended, although he is ineligible to play against his parent club anyway.