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Posted on 17 November 2011  - 12:00

Joe Jordan says Rafa van der Vaart 'has a chance' of facing Aston Villa on Monday.

Joe Jordan says Rafa van der Vaart 'has a chance' of facing Aston Villa on Monday.

The in-form forward suffered hamstring irritation in Holland's friendly against Switzerland on Friday.

Rafa was back in training at Spurs Lodge on Wednesday and speaking at a pre-Villa press conference this morning (Thursday, November 17), first team coach Joe was certainly hopeful that he would be available to face Villa.

"Rafa trained on Wednesday and from what the medical team are saying he's at 75 per cent," said Joe.

"That's good, but we have to get him from 75 per cent to 100 per cent, we'll have take it day to day and we do have a few days with the game on Monday.

"He's got a chance, but it is important that there is no recurrence of the injury.

"This morning is important as we'll get the players back out there again and we'll have players with varying degrees of fitness. Luka, for example, played two games for Croatia, other players played once. We'll get them out there again and monitor them.

"The other lads are progressing nicely. Vedran Corluka is okay, he played in the first game for Croatia and was suspended for the second game.

"We have no major doubts."

Niko Kranjcar (thigh), Danny Rose (ankle) plus longer-term Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) remain out.