Defoe injury not serious
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will return to training later this week after receiving the all-clear following an ankle scare.
When manager Harry Redknapp initially revealed that Defoe had suffered an injury during the club's warm-weather training camp in Dubai, it was feared he would face a spell on the sidelines. However Tottenham have said the England international had been scanned and no significant damage was detected.
Tottenham announced on their website: "Jermain Defoe will return to training on the squad's return home this week after undergoing x-rays on his foot following his participation in today's (Monday) session. The x-rays were clear and the striker is expected to rest (on Tuesday) as a precaution to allow any possible soft tissue irritation to settle."
Defoe broke down during a session in Al Ahli's Rashid Stadium where Spurs were training as part of their five-day break between matches.
The worst-case scenario was that the injury would be a repeat of the ankle ligament damage that ruled Defoe out for eight weeks following England's 3-1 win over Switzerland in September.
He has yet to score in the Premier League this season but Redknapp would not want to lose any more players to injury.
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.
"We've got Tom Huddlestone, Younes Kaboul, Ledley King, [Jonathan] Woodgate, [Gareth] Bale, [Rafael] Van der Vaart.
"If you could pick a team of injured players it would be a fantastic team."
Tottenham will return to England on Wednesday ahead of their Barclays Premier League match at Wolves on Sunday.