Spurs face Defoe absence
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he is set to be without striker Jermaine Defoe for up to three weeks.
The England forward had to be replaced 39 minutes into the Premier League meeting with West Brom on Sunday afternoon after he sustained an injury during the 1-0 win that maintained Spurs' push for a top-four finish. Punters looking to use their free bet will already have noted that the Portuguese manager is already lacking options in attack with Emmanuel Adebayour still away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Togo, leaving youngster Harry Kane and Clint Dempsey as the only alternatives. The north London side closed the gap on Chelsea to just a point courtesy of a Gareth Bale goal and Villas-Boas will be pleased with the international break next week, giving his player an opportunity to recover - although he is also expected to miss the next match against Newcastle. "He is definitely out of the England squad and our Newcastle game for sure," Villas-Boas said. "We just have to scan it, but at the moment it doesn't look too good. Normally it is the ligament on his ankle and this should keep him out for around three weeks. "Clint Dempsey is a different type of striker if we play him there and it will require a certain level of adaptation but I think we can make it work."