I’m not sure what spins my head more: The fact that Jermain Defoe got injured again, or the fact that it happened while Tottenham took a three-day retreat to Dubai to do some warm weather training because they didn’t have a match for five days.
Just like that, European teams can pick up and train in an exotic location. Well, hey, it must be a heck of a lot warmer in the Gulf than in London…
Either way, manager Harry Redknapp is in a bit of trouble as the injury list creeps higher and higher and it appears he could put out a better team of injured stars than players he has available.
“Defoe has an injury again. He’s had a problem with his ankle before and it didn’t feel too good,” Redknapp said in Dubai-based newspaper The National. “We’re trying to finish in the top four and it’s so close. But we’ve got so many players injured, people forget.
Defoe, the former Portsmouth striker, who was in great form last year, is yet to score a league goal this time around. He has been in and out of the lineup as a result of numerous injuries, and this most recent, and ankle injury, will keep him out of action for an unknown amount of time.
What is even more interesting to me — an outsider of European football looking in — is that if an English team has a five day break, they fly to the edge of the Mediterranean to train for a few days. Just because they obviously can.
I guess that’s just another difference between American sports and European soccer. We have spring training and All-Star breaks, but never a mini-vacation during the home-stretch of the most important season in recent club history.