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Spurs hopeful over Van der Vaart fitness

August 6, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Tottenham Hotspur are hopeful Rafael van der Vaart will be fit for the club's Premier League opener against Everton next weekend.

Rafael van der Vaart shone for Spurs in the 2010-11 campaign
GettyImagesRafael van der Vaart shone for Spurs in the 2010-11 campaign

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Van der Vaart sustained an ankle injury in Tottenham's 3-2 win over Brighton and has been ruled out of Saturday's final pre-season friendly against Athletic Bilbao.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed for next week," Kevin Bond, Tottenham's assistant manager, told the Daily Telegraph.

Spurs meet Everton at White Hart Lane on August 13 before travelling to Hearts for the first leg of their Europa League tie five days later.