JD plays down fitness fears

Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe expects to be fit to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday despite suffering an injury on international duty with England.

Jermain Defoe's injury against Switzerland

Defoe, scorer of a hat-trick against Bulgaria on Friday in a 4-0 win, was stretchered off in the second half of England’s 3-1 win over Switzerland on Tuesday. The striker was not originally expected to play in either international due to planned groin surgery, but put off the operation to play for Fabio Capello’s side. Now he hopes that another injury will not prevent him from representing his club. When asked if he would be fine to play at the weekend, Defoe said:

"Yeah, definitely. hope so. I jarred my ankle or my knee but it feels alright. I’ve always said I’ll do my best to make sure I’m out there. I’ve just got to rest it (the injury). I’ll just keep icing it and I’m sure I’ll be okay."

Defoe was satisfied with England’s performance in Switzerland. "I think the movement in the first half was maybe better than the previous game," he added. "We did really well, the manager was really happy. The energy again was good. In the second half they blew up a bit in the first ten minutes but overall I think we were the better side."

Another England player who got injured in that very match was the Arsenal winger Theo Walcott. England and Arsenal both are awaiting an update on his condition after the Gunner was stretchered off in the opening 13 minutes with an apparent ankle problem.


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