The international break ended last night with PL club managers looking on with anxious eyes. Harry Redknapp and Spurs fans alike must have been fearing the worst when they saw Jermain Defoe lying centre circle in a heap and later leaving the field on a stretcher.
As if to add to the torment, there was no further mention or any update regarding the injury and left most of us scratching our heads and wondering if we had imagined it all? After match reports repeatedly referring to the Theo Walcott injury were being periodically updated yet the omission of any reference to Defoe ‘s situation was glaringly inexplicable.
Thankfully this morning the smiling face of Jermain appeared on our screens with a look that seemed to be saying ‘whats the problem’? But the 27-year-old is confident he will have regained full fitness in time for the trip to the Hawthorns.
When asked whether he would be available for the weekend’s encounter, Defoe replied: “Yeah, definitely. I hope so. (ok gotcha, you maybe you maybe not?)
“I’ve always said I’ll do my best to make sure I’m out there.
“I’ve just got to rest it (the injury). I’ll just keep icing it and I’m sure I’ll be ok.
Defoe was satisfied with England’s performance in Switzerland as they followed up Friday’s 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria at Wembley
“I think the movement in the first half was maybe better than the previous game,” he added. “We did really well, the manager was really happy.
“The energy again was good. In the second half they blew up a bit in the first ten minutes but overall I think we were the better side.
Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has heaped praise on team-mate, Crouch, who was forced to pull out of the England squad with a back injury, says he was pleased for Defoe and built up his club-mate’s ability.
He told his Spurs’ official website: “It’s fantastic for Jermain and he took his goals really well. I was really pleased for him.
“I thought the movement for all his goals was fantastic, the way he took defenders away and made space for himself. He looked really sharp. Yeah ok, he didn’t get a goal against the Swiss but his movement and link play with Wayne was excellent in the first half.
“I’ve played with him a lot and he’s going to get goals whenever he plays. He’s so sharp around the box and with that kind of movement England have, the players will find him and create the chances.
“As strikers, we all benefit from that.”
Luckily we’ve got the extra day for all our returnees to recover in time for our visit to the Hawthorns so come Friday we will have a better idea who is available for selection, keep icing it Jermain.