Redknapp targets injuries as reason for inconsistent Tottenham form

Harry Redknapp is looking at injuries as the reason for Tottenham's inconsistent form, saying they are 'taking their toll'.

Harry Redknapp is looking at injuries as the reason for Tottenham's inconsistent form, saying they are 'taking their toll'.

Spurs came crashing back down to earth on Saturday when they lost 4-2 at Bolton just four days after recording one of their best ever wins against European champions Inter Milan.

Injuries to key players such Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe have not helped their cause, while knocks for Rafael van der Vaart and fellow midfielder Tom Huddlestone have also left them depleted in crucial areas.

Boss Redknapp said: "When you're playing Saturday-midweek-Saturday-midweek in the Champions League and Europe, it takes a toll.

"It takes a toll in terms of picking up the injuries.

"When you lose three or four players, it very difficult; it's hard to be as good as you are when everybody's fit."

Using the Chelsea team beaten 2-0 at Liverpool yesterday to illustrate his point, Redknapp added: "You look at Chelsea yesterday without (Frank) Lampard, (Michael) Essien, (Didier) Drogba: suddenly they're a different team.

"When Liverpool don't have (Steven) Gerrard or (Fernando) Torres or key players there, they're a different team.

"Every team is the same, and we've had our share recently.

"One or two vital players, when they come back, you get stronger again; that's how it works."

Unfortunately for Redknapp, he may be once again without new talisman van der Vaart for tomorrow's visit of Sunderland.

"He wants to see how he feels this morning but I still think he'd be doubtful," said Redknapp of the Holland star, who is carrying a hamstring strain.

"You can't take a chance and he tears it and he's out for six weeks or something."

 
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