Injuries mar yet another victory for high-flying Spurs
Tottenham's injury problems deepened last night as William Gallas and Sandro both hobbled off during the 1-0 victory over West Brom with suspected calf tears that could rule the pair out for months.
Already shorn of injured trio Scott Parker, Ledley King and Aaron Lennon, manager Harry Redknapp watched on in dismay as he had to substitute Sandro, Gallas and Jake Livermore after they all suffered injuries against the Baggies.
Livermore is a doubt for Saturday's FA Cup tie against Cheltenham after busting his lip in a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Younes Kaboul, while Gallas and Sandro look set for lengthy spells on the sidelines.
A strain could see the pair ruled out for three weeks, but a full tear may result in them being sidelined for months -- something Redknapp is keen to avoid as both players will be key in Tottenham's attempt to make up ground on the two Manchester teams at the top of the Premier League table.
The Spurs boss said: "Sandro I think tore a calf so that will be a long one. It looks like Gallas has (torn a calf) as well. He felt it go.
"I don't know how long they will be out for. They will have scans (today). We will have to wait and see. Jake got a bang in the mouth -- he split his lip. He will have it stitched up.
"That leaves us short. I'm not sure how long Scott Parker will be out for. His knee was swollen up."
Jermain Defoe scored the only goal of the game as Spurs moved within three points of Manchester United, who will have played one more game than Redknapp's team after their tricky clash at Newcastle tonight.
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has serious injury concerns of his own. Jerome Thomas suffered a groin strain and had to come off in the first half last night, while there are serious concerns over the fitness of captain Chris Brunt.
The midfielder sustained an ankle injury during the final minutes of the club's 1-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday and Hodgson is fearing the worst.
"He will have a scan when the swelling goes down," said the former Fulham and Liverpool boss.
"It is very swollen. We know it's serious -- it's just a question of how serious.
"Let's hope it's not season-ending. We have already lost Zoltan Gera.
"We don't want to lose our captain for the rest of the season."