Mido faces two weeks on the sidelines

November 27, 2006

Tottenham have been rocked by a groin injury to striker Mido.

The 23-year-old Egyptian missed Sunday's 3-1 win over Wigan at White Hart Lane after tearing his groin.

Coach Martin Jol confirmed the cause of Mido's absence, saying: 'Mido has a little tear in his groin and that's why he wasn't fit for selection. He could be out for a couple of weeks.'

Tottenham hardly missed Mido against Wigan, however, with Dimitar Berbatov, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon all on the scoresheet after Henri Camara had put the Latics in front in the 24th minute.

Defoe and Berbatov scored within 90 seconds of each other towards the end of the first half to give the home side what had seemed an improbable lead going into the break.

Despite superb performances from both strikers, Jol confessed the pair may not start against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next Saturday.

Jol declared: 'There is every chance I could change the partnership for every game. I will always play my best team for each match.

'They have to push me in every training session, every week. If they can do that they are true professionals.

'It is not rotation, I do not like that because the players then wait for their matches to come around. I don't want that - they must be eager.

'The goal was good for Jermain's confidence, it was his first in open play this season. Berbatov did his job and did it well. He is a good player.'

Camara's volley stunned Tottenham but Defoe hit his 50th Premiership goal when he latched on to Berbatov's pass, beat Emmerson Boyce and fired past Chris Kirkland.

It got better for the home side when Benoit Assou-Ekotto fed Bulgarian frontman Berbatov and he raced away from Matt Jackson before lofting the ball into the top corner.

Wigan, unbeaten in their previous five outings, were never in the hunt for an equaliser and Lennon converted another Berbatov pass for the third goal in the final moments of the game.

Wigan boss Paul Jewell said: 'I felt Tottenham had run out of ideas a little bit in the first half but then they got two goals in a minute or so and they completely changed the complexion of the game.

'Those minutes cost us. We've been seeing games out of late and while Tottenham will see those two goals as good ones from their point of view, I felt they were poor ones defensively.

'I am disappointed with the result because we wanted to come to Spurs and try to get something out of the game. Sometimes we are a little naive.'