The French defender has been out since August with a knee injury and may have suffered another setback after being substituted in a second-string game
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The 27-year-old could return to Andre Villas-Boas’ first-team squad as early as Sunday’s clash with the champions after spending eight months sidelined following knee surgery
Chris Ramsey has spoken of the Frenchman’s “fantastic attitude” after he stepped up his bid for full fitness with an hour-long appearance for the club’s reserve side
It’s been a busy week on a personal level which has caused the Everton match report to get sacrificed for the regular readers. Not the biggest loss on that front though is it? Ha.
One plus point for me was Gylfi once more. Given the run of games …
The 27-year-old centre-back underwent knee surgery in August and has been unavailable since then, but his return to action provides a huge boost to Spurs’ top four hopes
A European night under the lights at The Lane is something which makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand as the team’s walk out.
There’s something very special about these types of games which have been increasingly enjoyable the further we have progressed this campaign.
Swiss double winners FC Basel stand in our way of reaching the semi finals, it throws up an interesting tie.
Fresh from a convincing 4-0 victory away to Luzern on Monday, Basel come to N17 full of confidence having also seen off Zenit St Petersberg in the round of 16.
Two scorers from Monday’s victory ex Liverpool defender Philipp Degen and Chilean Marcelo Diaz are both suspended along with regular left back Park-Joo Hoo.
There’s no doubt losing the trio is a big blow for the visitors so it makes it even more imperative we take advantage and a lead into the second leg.
Having both first choice fullbacks out of any side is going to disrupt the rhythm of the side to a certain extent, manager Murat Yakin must be slightly worried with our threat down the wings.
Yakin in his first season of management has taken Basel to the top of the Swiss league and will be looking to add further European scalps to his C.V.
Basel themselves famously drew 3-3 at Old Trafford last year before edging past Utd 2-1 in Matchday 6 of group C in the Champions League to progress into the knock out stages and dump out Alex Ferguson’s side.
Legendary Swiss striker Alexander Frei is one of two threats up front, it’s gone a tad under the radar but Frei has bought forward his summer retirement plans early to become the new technical director of FC Lucerne in 10 days meaning both games are pretty much his swansong.
Frei notched up 5 goals in the Champions League group stages last year – he’s been prolific for club and country for well over a decade and no doubt will be looking to go out on a bang. That sort of landmark thing always happens to Spurs doesn’t it? Argh!
Marco Streller will have even more weight to carry shortly, not only with skippering the side but given Frei’s impending departure. The Basel born hitman has almost a 1 in 2 ratio for the club.
Goalkeeper Yann Sommer has just broken into the national side this term and looks a prospect given his age and through recent reports. Fellow youngsters Valentin Stocker and Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragović are both regular squad members for their respective countries and are more than likely to start tonight.
Basel at WHLThe side has a decent blend of youth and experience something manager Yakin is keen to mix moving forward it’s been said.
It was interesting watch a few videos of the side training at White Hart Lane last night with the pitch slowly turning up after repetitive drills in the same area. Some slight wear and tear as the back end of the season kicks in.
No Defoe which is a slight concern given Adebayor is now the only senior striker available. Not that he’s bang on form, just options are now even more limited.
Kyle Walker is suspended which opens the door for Kyle Naughton to come into his preferred position at right back.
Naughton is currently the only player to be on a yellow card, which if picked up would rule him out of the return fixture next week.
Gareth Bale is back from his 1 game ban and will be raring to go. A few of the Basel players joked in the pre game press conference they have planned a few methods in trying to stop Bale’s tracks.
Given the absence of Basel right back Degen, I’d like to see him have a go down the left as much as possible getting at the stand in.
Hugo Lloris’ will more than likely sit out following his knee injury meaning Brad Freidel will line up between the sticks for another European game.
It throws up an interesting selection dilemma the further we progress in the competition.
Another European regular of late William Gallas may also get the nod injury permitting. With a game on Sunday it would make sense to rotate slightly.
Lewis Holtby has expressed his disappointment at sitting out in recent weeks through his recent blog article, for me he’d be the perfect player to play away rather than tonight. His determination and work rate could go along way in the hostile environment next week so would be inclined to start with Gylfi for this evening games given we’re going to be on the front foot.
Younes Kaboul’s back in training, I think it’s come too soon but he may be looking at a place on the bench for next Thursday.
If you get the chance, get in a few minutes – early before the Inter game there was a pretty good video focused around ex Players played on the Jumbotron which I’m told is being repeated tonight.
Some slag off the Europa League but for me it’s as important as finishing 4th, sing up tonight. COYS!
Lineup: Friedel; Naughton, Gallas; Vertonghen, Ekotto; Lennon, Parker, Dembele, Siguardsson; Bale; Adebayor
Prediction: One step nearer to Amsterdam…. But with a job to do over there. 3-1 Spurs.
“Form is temporary, class is permanent’, is an old saying, more than applicable to our very own talent, Kyle Walker. Whilst last year he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, scored the winner in the north London derby and allegedly attracted interest from European giants Real Madrid, his performances this season have [...]
The return to fitness of Younes Kaboul is good news for Tottenham but adds to Andre Villas-Boas’ problems as he tries to resolve his selection conundrum in central defence. HotspurHQ’s newest contributor, Charlie Bee, gives his thoughts on the difficulties facing the Spurs’ coach and suggests a possible solution for next season. Article written by [...]
White Hart Lane centre-back not available for Russian transfer.
Tottenham have turned down an approach from big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala for defender Younes Kaboul who was a transfer target despite being injured.
Anzhi are looking to bring in a new centre-back having lost Christopher Samba to Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window and had earmarked Kaboul as the ideal candidate for the job.
But, according to the Daily Mail, Tottenham have turned down the approach – which did not reach a formal offer – for the 27-year-old Frenchman with manager Andre Villas-Boas having no intention of letting him go.
Kaboul has been missing for most of the season through a knee injury and has also recently returned to training. He is still some way off a competitive comeback with Villas-Boas not willing to rush his charge back into action.
Kaboul, who is in his second spell at the club having left to join Portsmouth in between, started the season as first choice centre-back but will face a fight for his place back with Michael Dawson having returned to the first-team alongside either Steven Caulker or Jan Vertonghen.
Tottenham have not missed Kaboul too much with the club still very much on target to gain a Champions League spot next season.
Russian club want to lure defender from White Hart Lane.
Anzhi Makhachkala made a move for Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul but baulked at the Frenchman’s £10.5m asking price, according to French website Mercato 365.
The mega-rich Russian outfit are desperate for a new centre-half after losing former Blackburn Rovers star Christopher Samba to QPR last month.
Anzhi were left powerless to hold on to wantaway Samba after the Hoop’s met the Congo international’s £12 release-clause and Guus Hiddink’s side are now on the look out for a quality replacement.
The Russian transfer window remains open and the club moved for Kaboul but were put-off by Tottenham’s £10.5m asking-price for the 27-year-old, whose contract expires in 2014.
Anzhi were also reportedly surprised by Kaboul’s high wage demands which they judged to be unacceptable.
Kaboul has started just one Premier League game this season after being sidelined in August with a serious knee injury.
Fourth-place Spurs have coped in his absence, with Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker and William Gallas all enjoying game-time in the heart of the defence.
But Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that he will not start next season with five centre-halves – although it has been widely speculated that Gallas, 35, rather than compatriot Kaboul, will be the man to depart.
With the news confirming that Younes Kaboul has returned from training, but is it too late for the Frenchman to make an impact this year? James Swan takes a closer look.
Andre Villas-Boas claims his first ‘Manager of the Month’ award in English football for December, top work.
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In the week where transfer speculation reaches its peak as the window closes tomorrow evening, Tottenham continue their search for new signings to strengthen Andre Villas-Boas’ team. Other events may affect decisions taken on the transfer front. …
Spurs forced to pull the plug on £9m Dawson switch. Michael Dawson’s proposed £9m move from Tottenham to QPR is off after Younes Kaboul announced he will miss the next four months following successful knee surgery. Spurs accepted a bid from their …
Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul has been ruled out of Spurs’ lineup for the next four months following a knee injury.On Thursday morning, Kaboul tweeted from his official Twitter account to tell fans in North London that surgery on the injured knee…
The Spurs centre-back Tweeted that although Thursday’s operation was a success, he is now set to miss a large portion of the season as he begins his recovery
It was bad news at White Hart Lane today as it was confirmed that Younes Kaboul would miss the first home game of the season against West Bromwich Albion. The [...]
Well this is it, all the pre season training and warm up games done. The season starts now.
In a way it has a fairly similar feeling to this time last year – still no striker, Modric wanting out and the reminder of falling away in the last third …
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Amidst reports that he is seeking a transfer away from White Hart Lane following Tottenham’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season, French defender Younes Kaboul has spoken out about his desire to stay in North London.
Kaboul still …
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