Tottenham Hotspur supporters who are sick of seeing the slumping Emmanuel Adebayor in the team should probably stop reading this post right about now.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas told reporters on Wednesday that front man Jermain Defoe could be sidelined for up to two weeks. "Jermain has a muscle injury that is probably going to take him out of the next two games and maybe Basel away," stated the Tottenham boss. AVB also said that this is not the same injury that plagued the England international last month.
There is some hope that Defoe could return to the squad by the second weekend of April. "Jermain is likely to miss the next two games against Basel and Everton but has a small chance for the second leg against Basel," Villas-Boas told the official Tottenham website.
Spurs are about to enter their toughest and most important stretch of games of the current campaign. They host Basel on April 4 in the first leg of the Europa League tie, and Tottenham will be away to the Swiss outfit on April 11. Between those contests is an April 7 showdown with Everton at White Hart Lane. Spurs will host Manchester City on April 21. There is also what will be a pivotal game against Chelsea on the horizon. The date of that match is not yet known due to Chelsea advancing in the FA Cup competition.
With Defoe out for at least two games, Villas-Boas will likely have no choice but to turn to the out-of-form Adebayor. The Togo international who notched 18 tallies across all competitions last season has been nothing short of dreadful for AVB in 2012-13. Adebayor has just four goals across all competitions this season, and he hasn't scored in a Premier League contest since New Year's Day.
It's also possible that Villas-Boas could elect to start Welsh wonder Gareth Bale up top. AVB first experimented with playing Bale in a striker role during Tottenham's 2012 US tour, when Spurs were especially light on forwards. Bale is currently enjoying the best season of his career, having thus far scored 20 goals across all competitions for his club.
Spurs currently sit in third place in the Premier League table after 31 matches played, two points ahead of Chelsea, four points ahead of Arsenal and six points ahead of Everton. Those three clubs have only played 30 league contests up to this point of the season.
An overall lack of depth, injuries, fatigue and additional FA Cup contests cost Spurs Champions League football and ultimately former manager Harry Redknapp his job last year. The news of Defoe's recent injury woes could force Villas-Boas to make squad-selection decisions that some would have said were inevitable back at the start of 2013. How much is Europa League and the opportunity to win a trophy really worth? Is it worth potentially losing out on Champions League?
Before anybody answers those questions, all should consider those "Bale to Real Madrid" rumors that are guaranteed to resurface come this May.
Zac has been covering Tottenham Hotspur, Major League Soccer, RBNY, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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