To...the injury table!
You guys have probably noticed how I like to complain about the lack of information on our injured players. When a member of my beloved Green Bay Packers or Detroit Red Wings gets a hangnail, I know about it. Tom Huddlestone gets the black plague and we're in the dark. Premier League sides are bad about this in general, but Tottenham Hotspur are the absolute worst. So, of course, when I went snooping around for information on Scott Parker and Rafael van der Vaart, I found very little.
The good news is that we know neither is messed up. Even if we don't see either of them start on Monday against Aston Villa, they're fine-ish. They won't miss much time at all. However, both picked up minor injuries while on international duty and it would be nice to know exactly what they are.
Parker picked up a knock while playing for England against Spain, then did not play against Sweden. There is literally no mention of an injury anywhere from what I can find, just articles where his teammates talk about how awesome he is. I am then forced to presume that Parker is healthy. Hopefully this is the case, but if it isn't, we all know that Sandro is a more than capable backup.
Rafa injured his hamstring while playing for Holland, but according to an Evening Standard article, he is confident that he will be fit to face Aston Villa. I wouldn't be surprised to see Jermain Defoe instead.
In any event, I think we can call this international break a success. Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar's Croatia got through to Euro 2012. We only have a couple of minor knocks and our players came out of it healthy, for the most part. Now let's get back to real football.