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Monday, February 21, 2011

Van Der Vaart To Miss Blackpool Trip

Rafael van der Vaart suffers setback and will miss Blackpool trip - The Telegraph

Rafael van der Vaart has suffered a setback with his calf injury and will miss Tottenham’s trip to Blackpool on Tuesday night.

The Dutch midfielder returned after a short absence to help Tottenham win 1-0 at San Siro against AC Milan last week.

However, he failed to finish the game and suffered a recurrence of the injury in training yesterday.

"Rafa did his calf again yesterday in training so he’s struggling," said Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. "He missed a couple of games, played in Milan, got through 70 minutes and then yesterday morning didn’t feel good."

"It’s a blow; he a fantastic player and we need him, but we can’t get that run out of him."

It is indeed a big blow for Spurs & fantasy managers who held on to him - no game time across the double-week for VDV and of course Tottenham don't play in Week 28, so it's a frustrating triple zero for the Dutch star. My decision to drop him appears to have worked out ok for now, but it is a real shame that these injury problems continue to hamper him as they have done throughout his career.

Moving on, the double week is going well at the moment. Yesterday's West Brom v Wolves game brought some handy points for Olsson, Brunt & Odemwingie, moving me on to 146 points for the week & up to another season high of 78th overall, with Szczesny, Adam, Fabregas, Carew and RvP to go on Tuesday/Wednesday night.

We also have confirmation of the Manchester United double week after Everton knocked out Chelsea, so at the moment my Week 28 team looks like this:

Friedel, Kolarov, Smalling, Evra, Scholes, Silva, Giggs, Nani, RvP, Carew, Rooney

I still hold Adam behind the scenes, but I get the feeling he might pick up a booking vs Spurs (if not in the next few games), so that would mean a 2 game suspension on the horizon, making it easier to drop him for Giggs. As I said in a previous post I really hate picking a team when only one side has a double week, but needs must.

How are you getting on?


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