Van der Vaart has been one of the Premier League's most productive players so far this season, but has struggled with injury niggles since his move to Spurs from Real Madrid in the summer.
The Dutchman lasted just 12 minutes of Sunday's 2-1 win at White Hart Lane and manager Harry Redknapp believes his exploits at the 2010 World Cup may have had an impact on the midfielder's fitness.
"Rafa felt it tear, so that doesn't look too good," said the Spurs boss. "It's so disappointing for Rafa. He keeps picking up little injuries.
''It's probably because he's missed a pre-season or was away at the World Cup and not played many games. When your fitness is a bit low it's hard to get up to speed. He keeps getting little nicks."
Redknapp also lost defender Younes Kaboul to a hip injury and is waiting for confirmation on how long he will be out. "Younes felt he might have torn a muscle in his hip. He felt that go,'' he said.
what the hell is going on, i ask you
someone is 2 cool to huddle
seb did such a good job!
lol, i mean really
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