Andre Villas-Boas rues Jermain Defoe injury

Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas during the match against West Brom on February 3, 2013
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Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas admits that news of Jermain Defoe's muscle injury has come as a "big blow" to his plans for April.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that Jermain Defoe's absence with a muscular injury has come as a "big blow" to his plans for a crucial run of fixtures.

Defoe will definitely miss the next three matches, which includes the first leg of a Europa League quarter-final against FC Basel tomorrow night.

Villas-Boas has conceded that Defoe's injury leaves Spurs short in attack as they continue to fight on two fronts.

He told reporters at a pre-match press conference: "Jermain has a muscle injury that is going to take him out of the next two games definitely, and maybe Basel away.

"If he can't make Basel away, he should be fit [for the] week when we prepare for Manchester City. It's a big blow. It's the same muscle that he had a small tear on last month but on the other side now.

"Obviously he's a big miss because he's a player who represents a lot for us and shown tremendous quality this season."

The 30-year-old has scored 14 times in all competitions for Spurs this season.

Spurs striker Jermaine Defoe celebrates his opener against Aston Villa on December 26, 2012
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