Harry Redknapp boosted by Jermain Defoe’s return to squad


Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he will be able to call on the services of England international Jermain Defoe for Saturday lunchtime's derby clash at Arsenal.

The ex-Portsmouth striker has been sidelined for just over two months following surgery on damaged ankle ligaments.

Redknapp said:"It's great to have him back. He's a fantastic goalscorer and he's different to anybody else. He certainly would have had six or seven goals by this stage of the season.

"The other lads – whoever's played – have done well. We've been lucky we've got good strikers."

On Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who is unhappy with his recent lack of first-team opportunities, Redknapp added:"We're not going to gift Niko away, he's a top player in my opinion. Let's see how things go in the next month with him.

"I really wouldn't want to lose him, but I do understand where he's coming from as well. He needs to play, he's a top-class player.

"He's gone away and scored five goals for Croatia in the last three games. Hopefully, he'll get his chance sooner rather than later."

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