Luka Modric escapes serious injury


Tottenham have been handed a major injury boost after learning that Luka Modric will be fit enough to take part in the midweek Champions League game at Werder Bremen.

There had been fears that the Croatia international would be joining Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson in the White Hart Lane treatment room but X-rays have shown that the injury he sustained to his left leg against West Brom on Saturday was not serious.

The 25-year-old had left The Hawthorns on crutches after suffering an injury in a challenge with defender Gonzalo Jara during the 1-1 draw.

"Luka Modric will travel with the squad for our opening Champions League group match at Werder Bremen on Tuesday after X-rays of his left fibula came back clear," read a club statement.

"The Croatia international midfielder was forced off with the injury in the first half of Saturday's draw at West Brom and will continue to be monitored prior to being made available for selection on Tuesday."

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had been pessimistic after the game when he said of Modric:"He is going for a scan but he broke the bone in his leg last year against Birmingham and he got a kick on the same spot today.

"He is in a lot of pain and it doesn't look great. We will wait and see what the scan says but it certainly doesn't look very good.

"We don't know yet if the leg is broken again. If he has got another break, you are talking months again.

"I am just hoping it is good news for a change. Defoe has had the ankle operation and he is out for 12 weeks and Dawson is another one."

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