New Berbatov setback damages Tottenham

September 22, 2006

Tottenham have been dealt a further injury blow with coach Martin Jol confirming that £10.8million striker Dimitar Berbatov could be sidelined for a further fortnight.

Berbatov has not played since their 2-0 home defeat by Everton at White Hart Lane because of a persistent groin injury.

The Bulgarian forward collected the injury on his home debut against Sheffield United when he scored one of the only two goals Spurs have scored this season in the Premiership.

Berbatov, signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, missed the defeat by Manchester United, the victory over Slavia Prague in the UEFA Cup and last Sunday's goalless draw with Fulham.

Spurs have not scored for 343 minutes now and have equalled their worst start to a league campaign for 14 years.

But Jol's hope that Berbatov would be back to add some much-needed punch to their attack against Liverpool on Saturday has been dashed.

There is growing speculation the striker will need to undergo surgery to cure the injury but Jol insists they have no plans for him to have an operation at present.

Jol confirmed: 'Berbatov may take some time. He is not ready. It could take another couple of weeks.

'I don't think it needs an operation. We have been pushing him and he has been pushing himself and then he had a setback.

'We treated him and then needed him again but he couldn't do it last week and it was the case again yesterday.

'So if it's not possible, it's not possible. He still feels pain.'

The lack of goals so far this season has been a major concern for Jol although he still insists it is down more to imagination between midfield and attack.

The Spurs coach is satisfied with his defence but admits there must be more creativity where it counts if they are finally going to kick-start their season.

Jol added: 'We have not played with same the midfield and I don't like to chop and change the team around. I like a settled side. We have to take our chances and score goals.

'It's not about having a bad spell. Our defence is better than ever but it's up to the imagination of the midfield and attacking players. We have to be creative.'