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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Spurs hit by delay in Kaboul retun

Paul Hirst

Published 03/01/2013|15:37

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TOTTENHAM’S bid for a top-four finish has taken a blow with the news that defender Younes Kaboul may not be fit until the end of February.

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Kaboul emerged as arguably Tottenham's best centre-half after a series of confident displays last year, but he has not kicked a ball this term after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.



It had been hoped that the France centre-back would be fit for the start of 2013 but assistant manager Steffen Freund confirmed today that the 26-year-old could have to wait at least six weeks before he is available for selection.



"He's on a six-week programme from the medical staff and starting to work now with the fitness coaches," Freund told a press conference.



"It's difficult to say now which game he will be back but hopefully mid- or end of February."



Although Spurs sit fourth in the Barclays Premier League, Kaboul's confidence and leadership would help eradicate the problem of conceding late goals which has cost Andre Villas-Boas' men dearly this term.



Freund is therefore looking forward to having the Frenchman back in the ranks next month.



"He's a really important part of Tottenham," the German said.



"He has a lot of leadership qualities and we are waiting to have him back as quickly as possible.



"He is frustrated. He likes to be involved - especially when you are successful."



Freund did offer some good news from the treatment room, however.



Left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who has not played since September, is fit to start Saturday's FA Cup third-round clash against Coventry, Freund confirmed.

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