Dutch physiotherapist and acupuncturist Dick van Toorn treated van der Vaart last week and claims that heâ€™s got the Spurs star well on the road to recovery.
Van Toorn, 79, said: â€œIn the hospital, they said Rafa would be out for more than a month. But he can play in next weekâ€™s Tottenham match.
â€œI will leave that decision up to the medical staff of Tottenham.
â€œRafael is a crown jewel for football. I have rarely met a player in all those years who is so dedicated to his job and who wants to work so hard to get back on the pitch.
â€œHe loves his football and he loves his club.â€™â€™