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Luka Modric cleared after X-ray and will travel to Werder Bremen
Published : 12 Sep 2010 17:12:32
Tottenham have received a major boost with news that Luka Modric will travel to Werder Bremen for their Champions League match, after X-rays on his left leg came back clear.
The 25-year-old Croatia playmaker left The Hawthorns on crutches on Saturday after suffering an injury in a challenge with defender Gonzalo Jara during the 1-1 draw against West Brom, and Tottenham had feared he had broken his leg.
Going down: Modric recveives attention at The Hawthorns The club however hasreceived good news after the scan, after already having Michael Dawson and Jermain Defore ruled out of action. 'Luka Modric will travel with the squad for our opening ChampionsLeague group match at Werder Bremen on Tuesday after x-rays of his leftfibula came back clear,' read a club statement.
'The Croatia international midfielder was forced off with the injuryin the first half of yesterday's draw at West Brom and will continue tobe monitored prior to being made available for selection on Tuesday.' Relieved: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp The blow to his leg was in the same spot as the one he broke against Birmingham at the start of last season and ruled him out for several months. Modric's availability for Spurs' first Champions League group game will come as welcome relief for Redknapp, who is already without striker Jermain Defoe and defender Michael Dawson for Tuesday's match in Bremen.
He admitted on Saturday that the former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder is irreplacable. 'We've got strength in depth, but you always have one or two players who make the difference to you,' he said.
'Modric makes the difference. In my opinion, he could play in any team, anywhere in the world. 'He's a top, top player. He is fantastic. When you lose him, you can't replace him. 'You've got other people who are good players, great players, but he's a special player.
'So it will be a massive loss for us if he is going to be out for a while.'
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