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Tottenham confirm Kaboul setback

Tottenham have confirmed defender Younes Kaboul's bid to be fit for the remaining games of the Premier League season is under serious threat after suffereing a thigh strain in an under-21 game on Monday night.

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The French centre-back, who has not played since Tottenham's opening game of the season against Newcastle, appeared to be on course to make a first-team return after coming through his first under-21 run-out last week.

Yet Kaboul now faces a race against time to play in Tottenham's remaining league fixtures after he suffered a muscle injury that will need additional treatment.

"Younes Kaboul has today (Tuesday, April 16) been assessed after reporting discomfort in his thigh during last night's Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixture with Manchester United," said the Tottenham statement.

"Scans have revealed a Grade One thigh strain and the France defender will now continue his rehabilitation with our medical team, who will monitor his progress."

Tottenham's hopes of having talisman Gareth Bale back in time for Sunday's crucial game against Manchester City may also be in jeopardy, according to a report in Wednesday's Daily Mirror.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was hopeful of having his star fit to face the reigning Premier League champions, but the report claims that both Bale and fellow injury victim Aaron Lennon were unable to train on Tuesday as the players returned after an extended weekend break.

There appears to be better news regarding Jermain Defoe's fitness, with the 30-year-old England striker back in light training as he battles back from a muscle injury.

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