Hamstrung Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe doubtful for Everton clash

25 February 2010 12:55
Jermain Defoe looks likely to miss Tottenham's vital Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday owing to an injured hamstring.

The niggle also casts doubt on Defoe's chances of playing for England in the friendly against Egypt at Wembley on March 3. Manager Fabio Capello is due to name his 23-man squad on Saturday evening.

The striker felt discomfort in his leg on Wigan Athletic's notoriously poor pitch on Sunday and was substituted at half-time during Wednesday night's 4-0 FA Cup win against Bolton.

Out of action: Jermain Defoe is set to miss Sunday's clash with Everton

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted Defoe was a doubt for the weekendand said: 'His hamstring's a bit tight. He felt it at the weekendduring the game (against Wigan Athletic). He didn't train on Tuesdaybut felt he would be OK.'  

Redknapp also opted to substitute Wilson Palacios after an hour asthe midfielder already has nine yellow cards this season. One more willlead to a suspension and Redknapp admitted Palacios is 'walking a bitof a tightrope', particularly as his possible replacement, JermaineJenas, is struggling with a pelvic injury.

The Tottenham squad have a day off today but winger Aaron Lennon wasdue to fly to mainland Europe to seek specialist advice on his nigglinggroin injury.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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