x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Concerns for Spurs over fitness of key duo

Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale are both injury doubts for Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League game with Werder Bremen.

Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale are both injury doubts for Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League game with Werder Bremen tonight.

Van der Vaart missed training yesterday and went for a scan on an ankle knock, while Bale picked up a shoulder injury in Saturday’s win at Arsenal.

Meanwhile Torsten Frings, the Werder captain, yesterday denied reports that Thomas Schaaf, the Bundesliga club’s coach, had offered to resign following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to rivals Schalke.

“That is absolute nonsense. Thomas has never even mentioned the issue of his resignation,” he told Syker Kreiszeitung.