Tottenham’s Joe Jordan insists Rafael van der Vaart could face Aston Villa

Spurs talisman on the road to recovery after picking up a hamstring injury in the Netherlands' clash with Sweden last week.
Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart 'has a chance' to face Aston Villa on Monday, according to first team coach Joe Jordan.

The Dutch international tweaked his hamstring against Sweden last Friday, but his recovery should put him on schedule to face the Villans at White Hart Lane.

"Rafa trained on Wednesday and from what the medical team are saying he's at 75 percent," Jordan told reporters. "That's good, but we have to get him from 75 percent to 100 percent, we'll have take it day to day and we do have a few days with the game on Monday. He's got a chance, but it is important that there is no recurrence of the injury."

The Spurs assistant manager revealed that while the club is still assessing the fitness of various players who have recently returned from international duty, as of now there are no major doubts ahead of Monday's clash.

"This morning is important as we'll get the players back out there again and we'll have players with varying degrees of fitness," Jordan continued. "Luka, for example, played two games for Croatia, other players played once. We'll get them out there again and monitor them. The other lads are progressing nicely. Vedran Corluka is okay, he played in the first game for Croatia and was suspended for the second game. We have no major doubts."

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