MILAN ITALY - FEBRUARY 15: Vedran Corluka of Tottenham Hotspur is stretchered off following a challenge by Mathieu Flamini of AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 15 2011 in Milan Italy. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Another game, another set of injuries for Spurs. This time, it's a pair of defenders who have gone down, with Vedran Corluka and Jonathan Woodgate both sustaining injuries in Tottenham Hotspur's UEFA Champions League match against AC Milan. Which they won, by the way. Yeah, if it's Friday and you're still not believing that it happened, it did. Spurs won at the San Siro. It was kind of bad-ass.
Anyway, it looks like Woodgate has a muscle strain and will be out for about a month, while Vedran Corluka was lucky to escape with just a really badly sprained ankle. These injuries are in addition to Ledley King, who will be back never, and Younes Kaboul, who will be back in a month. This means we have Alan Hutton, who is just now coming back from a minor injury of his own, at right back with no one to back him up, and Sebastian Bassong as the only backup in the center of defense.
In a different area of the pitch, Tom Huddlestone continues to have his comeback date reset, but apparently the current target is the Champions League match against Milan at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale has been out for a couple of weeks, and is supposed to be available for Tuesday's English Premier League match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Of course, inevitably, someone else will get hurt at Bloomfield Road. Despite Blackpool's ambitious, attacking, and almost always clean style of play, Charlie Adam will probably make a crazy two-footed tackle and injure Rafael van der Vaart. In the post-game presser, Ian Holloway will inform us that he's "not that kind of player." We'll end up going straight 4-4-2 for the rest of the season, finish in 5th place, and get creamed in the Champions League quarterfinals. This has been another episode of "Typical Spurs Fan Paragraphs."
I've accepted that we're not going to be healthy for the stretch run. More injuries will happen, and our bench will be thin. We're just going to have to hope that Chelsea continue to slip up. On March 1st, we are all Red Mancs. Oh god, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.