Tottenham And Chelsea Both With Injury Doubts Ahead Of Thursday Clash

Both Tottenham and Chelsea have players battling injuries ahead of their much-anticipated clash on Thursday

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Jermain Defoe To Miss Tottenham - Chelsea Match

Jermain Defoe may not have been slotted to start tonight for Tottenham Hotspur as they host Chelsea, but news that he won't be included in the 18-man squad (he's nursing a hamstring injury) still stings a bit. Defoe's pace makes him a great player to come in off the bench, zipping past the aging legs of the Chelsea defense to grab goals. Instead, it will likely be Roman Pavlyuchenko who comes in off the bench.

Meanwhile, Spurs are still waiting to hear news on Gareth Bale, who is battling a sprained ankle sustained in training. Aaron Lennon is a no-go, also suffering from a hamstring injury, which rather makes you wonder: what on earth are Spurs doing to these players?

On the Blues side, the notorious John Terry injured his Achilles in training, although that might just be a cover for not wanting to face the taunting crowds at White Hart Lane. Worry not, JT -- the stewards will be wearing head-cams to ensure any racist chanters get thrown out! (Oh...wait...)

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Chelsea's John Terry Injures Achilles In Training

Chelsea were already short on options in the center of defense and that was before John Terry went down in training on Monday. Terry was injured at an opening training session benefitting charity when he blocked a shot, but then fell to the ground grabbing his right foot before being helping down the tunnel to the training room. Now Chealsea are really running out of options in the center of defenses and will be desperate for Terry to get over his injury scare before the Blues' match on Thursday versus Tottenham Hotspur.

It is unclear how serious Terry's injury is besides the fact that he had to be helped down the tunnel, but was able to put some weight on the right leg. It's been called a tweak of the Achilles so it doesn't appear it be overly serious, but that's all the information available at this time.

As of now, Branislav Ivanovic is the only fully fit central defender Andres Villas-Boas has at his disposal. Terry is now a question and David Luiz is also a question after a knee knock kept him out of Saturday's draw with Wigan, while Alex has been transfer-listed as is not under consideration to play. If neither Terry nor Luiz can go on Thursday, Villas-Boas will be in quite the pickle.

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Tottenham's Gareth Bale & Jermain Defoe Injury Doubts For Chelsea Match

Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe both missed Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday and both might miss Thursday's big clash against Chelsea as well. With Spurs and the Blues battling for third place, Thursday's match has an added importance and Bale and Defoe will both be crucial for Tottenham considering Aaron Lennon has already been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Bale is battling a sprained ankle suffered during training last week. He was never really considered for Sunday's match and he has been called "doubtful" for Thursday against Chelsea. Whether that really means he is doubtful to play or he is just an injury doubt is unclear though.

Defoe aggravated a hamstring injury in last week's Europa League match versus Shamrock Rovers. He'd been dealing with the injury for weeks, but it was made worse last week. With Lennon out, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp may choose to play Rafael van der Vaart on the right, opening up a spot at forward for Defoe to get a start next to Emmanuel Adebayor, but he has to be fit to play for that to be an option.

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Aaron Lennon Injures Hamstring, Out For Chelsea

Aaron Lennon could be out for weeks after injuring his hamstring on Sunday versus Sunderland

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