Jermain Defoe will hope to be on the plane to South Africa
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will be out for a "few weeks" after suffering a tear to his hamstring, according to manager Harry Redknapp.
The news will be a blow for Champions League-chasing Spurs and England boss Fabio Capello, with the Italian naming his World Cup squad on 16 May.
And Redknapp confirmed: "It's a grade-two tear but it will be a few weeks. He is struggling."
Defoe, 27, has netted 23 goals for Spurs in all competitions this season.
And he joins an already lengthy injury list at White Hart Lane with Tom Huddlestone, David Bentley, Aaron Lennon, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate all on the sidelines.
Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League and have a game in hand on Liverpool who are a point behind them in fifth.
But with Manchester City and Aston Villa also breathing down their necks, the injury could not come at a worse time for Redknapp's team who will have to rely on Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Eidur Gudjohnsen for their striking options.
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