Tottenham to bid farewell to Jermain Defoe as they prepare to face Dnipro
Hamstring strain means the 31-year-old will miss chance to sign off with another goal at White Hart Lane
A hamstring strain means Jermain Defoe will miss the chance to sign off with another goal at White Hart Lane tonight.
Tottenham will bid farewell to Jermain Defoe tonight, with manager Tim Sherwood hailing him as a club legend.
England striker Defoe, who has scored 143 goals in two spells with Spurs, is about to complete his move to Toronto in the MLS.
A hamstring strain means the 31-year-old will miss the chance to sign off with another goal at White Hart Lane, but he will be on the pitch at half-time of the Europa League last-32 clash with Dnipro to say his goodbyes.
Sherwood said: “Jermain Defoe is, possibly along with Jimmy Greaves, one of the best goalscorers this club has ever seen. Let’s hope we can find another one like Jermain Defoe.”
Tottenham may welcome back Sandro for the tie. The 24-year-old Brazil midfielder has returned to full training, having been sidelined since suffering a calf injury in December.
Kyle Walker (hip) could also return but they will be without Etienne Capoue.
Meanwhile, Swansea coach Garry Monk has told fans to expect a thrilling encounter when his team takes on Napoli in tonight’s return leg.
Both teams go into the match at the San Paolo stadium with all to play for after their goalless draw in the first leg in Swansea. However, the pressure will be on Napoli and the Swans hope to take advantage of that.
“We are coming here to enjoy it,” Monk said yesterday. “I think it’s going to be a great game, between two attack-minded teams.
“Napoli have very dangerous players going forward and I expect them to attack.
“That is their mentality and that is a good way to play. It really has all the ingredients for a great match.”
Monk will be without the services of injured midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who aggravated his hamstring problem during Sunday’s 4-3 defeat against his former club Liverpool. He joins Michu on the sidelines, with the Spanish forward recovering from ankle surgery.