Defoe blow for Spurs

07 February 2013 10:02:07 EST

Spurs will be without striker Jermain Defoe for around three weeks due to an ankle injury, boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed.

Defoe's injury leaves Spurs with just Emmanuel Adebayor, who has missed the last four games because of African Cup of Nations duty, as their only recognised striker.

"It will be two to three weeks," the Spurs boss revealed of Defoe's ankle ligament injury.

Villas-Boas confirmed Adebayor will be involved when Spurs host Newcastle on Saturday, but is unsure whether or not the Togo international will be able to start following his international exploits.

"Obviously we have to take a look at him first," Villas-Boas said of Adebayor. "We don't have any news regarding injuries from him, so he's going to be selected for sure.

"I have to make a decision whether he will be in the starting XI or not."

Defoe has managed 14 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season, while Adebayor has just three goals in 18 appearances, although he has been largely used as a substitute this term.

Spurs can be backed at 4/6 to take all three points in Saturday's early Premier League fixture.

Newcastle are 9/2 to grab a win on the road, and the draw is 31/10.

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