Spurs handed Modric injury boost

12 September 2010 04:40
Tottenham have been boosted by the news that Luka Modric's leg injury is not as serious as first feared.The Croatian playmaker limped out of the 1-1 draw at West Brom, with manager Harry Redknapp suggesting Modric could be Spurs' latest long-term casualty. [LNB]But the club have confirmed he will travel to Germany, where Spurs open their Champions League campaign against Werder Bremen on Tuesday. [LNB]And Tottenham expect Modric to be available for selection for the game. [LNB]Modric opened the scoring at the Hawthorns with a powerful low drive beyond Scott Carson in the 27th minute. [LNB]But just five minutes later he was forced off the field with a knock to the same part of his fibula - the smaller of the two main bones in the lower leg - that he fractured against Birmingham last season, keeping him sidelined for over three months. [LNB]After the match, Redknapp admitted his concern that Modric could be added to his growing list of long-term absentees, with Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate all expected to miss some or all of Tottenham's debut in the Champions League group stages.[LNB] How important is Modric to Spurs' Champions League chances? Redknapp also revealed his disappointment that his side failed to take three points from the game after Modric had put them ahead. [LNB]"For 40 minutes we passed it great and completely dominated," he said. "We should've been home and hosed. [LNB]"They scored and could've won it, they never gave up and finished strongly. We did seem to run out of steam a bit. [LNB]"Possession is what it's all about, in the first half we kept the ball and made them work but in the second half we had to chase." [LNB]Redknapp was encouraged by the display of new £8m signing Rafael van der Vaart, who made his debut along with former Arsenal defender William Gallas. [LNB]"Van der Vaart was outstanding in the first half, he's a quality footballer and William kept going, he needs games but he's going to be a fantastic player for us."[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Van der Vaart enjoys Premier League bow[LNB]For West Ham boss Roberto Di Matteo it was an encouraging finish to a match which he admitted he thought his side were destined to lose. [LNB]"You could see how good Spurs are," he said. "They move the ball around very nicely and it was very difficult for us in the first half, I couldn't see us scoring. [LNB]"But we controlled the game a lot in the second half, we went forward a bit more, made changes to the system and created chances to win the game. [LNB]"The players showed a lot of determination and it was very important to go in at half-time 1-1. We can build on four points because we've already played some great teams."

Source: BBC_Sport