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Spurs players 'risk serious injury' over match schedule

Andre Villas-Boas fears some of his players could suffer serious injury because of the close proximity between the Cardiff and Villa games:

After this game we have not only the Sunday game but the Tuesday game, which I found as an incredible surprise.

How can a game be scheduled immediately after two days? It's putting the players' careers at risk.

I find it absolutely incredible that we have to risk injuries to our players in a game that they play on that Tuesday.

The second day of recovery is the most dangerous day for a player to pick up an injury.

If this is not taken into account I think it's bad. Obviously other things have to be respected and because of the fixtures that are being played on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

But the problem is that in the end Tottenham was chosen to play on Tuesday, with only the Monday to recover from the last match, and that puts us in a very difficult position.

– Spurs manager, Andre Villas-Boas

Match fixture pile-up could 'wreck' players' careers

Andre Villas-Boas claims his players' careers could be "wrecked" because of a fixture pile-up caused by the Football League.

Spurs Manager Andre Villas-Boas
Spurs Manager Andre Villas-Boas Credit: Press Association

The Football League has decided that Tottenham will play Aston Villa in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, just two days after the club faces Cardiff in the Barclays Premier League.

Given that Spurs play Tromso in the Europa League this Thursday, Villas-Boas' squad face a hectic period of three games in six days.



Humble Bale is "delighted"

After being named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association, Gareth Bale has said it's a "huge honour".

"It means a lot to win this award when you consider the number of players that have been outstanding for their clubs in the Barclays Premier League this season.

"I've been very fortunate to be playing in such a fantastic team and I owe a lot to my team-mates and, obviously, the manager who has shown such faith in me."This award has been won in the past by some of the greatest names in football and I consider it a privilege that the FWA have selected me to be named alongside them."

– Gareth Bale

More glory for Bale

Gareth won PFA's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year
Last month Gareth won PFA's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year Credit: PA Wire

Gareth Bale has been voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association. The Spurs midfielder has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season. That took the team to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, and keeps them in the hunt for a Champions League place next season.

Gareth Bale has been Tottenham's most influential plater this season
Gareth Bale has been Tottenham's most influential plater this season Credit: PA Wire

Spurs take on Liverpool at Anfield

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale has scored 21 goals this year.
Gareth Bale has scored 21 goals for Spurs this year. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Tottenham head to the North West today to take on Liverpool at Anfield.

Spurs will be hoping to extend their run of 12 unbeaten League games, but manager Andres Villas-Boas knows this could be their toughest test so far.

All eyes will be on star-forward Gareth Bale as he tries to add to his 21 goal tally.

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