Berbatov injury sets back Spurs' campaign

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Tottenham have been dealt a further injury blow with the coach Martin Jol confirming that the £10.8m striker Dimitar Berbatov could be out 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.

Jol said: "Berbatov may take some time. 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."

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 now equalled their worst start to a league campaign for 14 years.

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