Younes Kaboul was due to train today following a hip problem and could be in the squad, while Luka Modric returns after missing Tuesday night's Champions League draw at FC Twente with flu.
Hamstrung: Van der Vaart limped off against Liverpool in Spurs' last home game
Jermaine Jenas (calf) and Niko Kranjcar (hamstring) are both out after limping off in Enschede, while captain Ledley King (groin), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are longer-term absentees.
Provisional squad: Gomes, Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Kaboul, Dawson, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Sandro, Palacios, Bale, Lennon, Bentley, Modric, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Defoe.
CLICK HERE FOR THE WEEKEND TEAM NEWS IN THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE Explore more:People: Jonathan Woodgate, Jermaine Jenas, Younes Kaboul, Luka Modric, Ledley King, Jamie O'Hara, Tom Huddlestone, Niko Kranjcar Places: London