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INJURY UPDATE

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol reports good and bad news from the treatment table at Spurs Lodge.

Martin Jol reports good and bad news from the treatment table at Spurs Lodge.

The good news is that Jermain Defoe's ankle injury isn't as bad as first feared and that both Wayne Routledge (knee) and Aaron Lennon (hamstring) could be available for the Christmas and New Year period.

However, the bad news is that winger Andy Reid suffered a knee injury at Middlesbrough that will keep him out of the festive period and Teemu Tainio (knee) is still struggling to return.

"Andy Reid is out for the Christmas period," Head Coach Martin told us on Tuesday afternoon. "He has a problem with his knee after a tackle in the first half at Middlesbrough.

That was unfortunate because he showed us that when Teemu Tainio isn't playing we've players like Andy who can fit in

"Jermain hopefully isn't as bad as we thought because he's a quick healer. His ankle was very swollen after Middlesbrough but the medical staff have told us he might be okay.

"Teemu is still not fine to train or play but hopefully Wayne Routledge and Aaron Lennon will be available because they only have slight injuries."

We kick-off the busy festive period at home against Birmingham City on Boxing Day before a trip to West Brom on December 28 and Newcastle at the Lane on New Year's Eve. We then travel to Manchester City on January 4 before the FA Cup third round clash at Leicester City on Sunday January 8.