Jermain Defoe will miss at least six games for Tottenham after he suffered an ankle injury while playing for England in a Euro qualifying match against Switzerland. Defoe had to be carried off in a stretcher during England’s 3-1 victory over Switzerland. Already suffering from a groin injury, Defoe has severely damaged ligaments in his ankle. According to ESPN, Tottenham coach, Harry Redknapp, fears that the length of games missed could even be longer than six weeks.
Defoe’s injury could not have come at a worse time for Tottenham. Defender Michael Dawson injured his medial ligament in his knee during England’s first qualifying match win against Bulgaria. Dawson will be out for up to eight weeks.
The Spurs will have to begin their first ever appearance in the Champions League on Tuesday against Weder Bremen without Defoe and Dawson. They will also miss the September 29th Champions League match against Twente Enschede as well as a possible October 20 match against the reigning Champions League winners, Inter.
Tottenham’s Premier League opponents while Defoe will be out include West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton, West Ham United, and Aston Villa. The Spurs will also be without Defoe when they face a strong Arsenal side for a Carling Cup match on September 21 at White Heart Lane.
Striker, Peter Crouch, will now have to be Tottenham’s scoring target. However, Crouch has been injured as well. Crouch was unable to play for England’s qualifying matches due to a back injury. Spurs fans will be hoping that Crouch’s back holds as the Champions League schedule will add to the stress on the injury. Redknapp will also hope that Robbie Keene will spark some offense for the Spurs.
England may also have to adjust without Defoe for their match against Montenegro on October 22nd in Montenegro. England and Montenegro lead group G with six points each.