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Feb, 21, 2011

Van der Vaart suffers Spurs setback

Rafael van der Vaart aggravated his calf injury in training on Sunday, but should be fit to return to action in ten days' time, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed.

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Van der Vaart played an hour of Tottenham's 1-0 win against AC Milan in the Champions League last Tuesday after picking up the injury in the club's 2-1 win at Bolton and will now miss the trip to Blackpool.

Redknapp confirmed that his star forward suffered a recurrence of the problem in training, yet is still confident that the Dutchman will be back to full fitness for Tottenham's game at Wolves on March 6 and the club's crucial return leg with AC Milan three days later.

"Rafa did his calf again yesterday in training so he's struggling," Redknapp said. "Rafa missed a couple of games, played in Milan, got through 70 minutes and then yesterday morning didn't feel good.

"It's a blow; he a fantastic player and we need him, but we can't get that run out of him. He missed the pre-season, after the World Cup, and I think that's a problem with niggly injuries.

"We have a break, with Wolves away next then AC Milan at home. We're hoping Rafa will be back for Wolves. He should be ok, it's not a tear."

The Tottenham boss also had two bits of good news to report, as Ledley King had surgery on his groin injury last week and could return to action soon, while Luka Modric suffered no ill-effects from his appendix operation last week and will play at Bloomfield Road tomorrow.

''Luka is back and fine. He's available tomorrow,'' Redknapp said. ''Ledley is back running and hopefully won't be too long.''

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