Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart had contradicted the prognosis of his club’s medical staff by insisting that he will be back in action in “one to two weeks” despite his club’s revealing that he will miss six.
The Dutch international suffered a hamstring during the final stages of Spurs’ 5-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last weekend.
He has since been diagnosed with a hamstring tear after an MRI scan and Spurs have confirmed they expect him to be ruled out for up to six weeks. The former Real Madrid midfielder missed his country’s 11-0 thrashing of San Marino on Friday night and will also sit out next Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier away to Finland.
However speaking in De Telegraaf, Van der Vaart revealed that he hopes he could return to action within the next fortnight. “It feels okay now, I hope in one to two weeks to make my comeback.
“The past has proven that I can quickly recover from such an injury.”
Spurs’ next Premier League game is against Wolves on 10th September, with Harry Redknapp’s men then facing PAOK Salonika in the Europa League before welcoming Liverpool to White Hart Lane on 18th September.