Jermain Defoe will not be able to feature for England in the upcoming friendly match against Brazil because of the ankle injury that he discovered while playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the match against West Bromwich Albion which was played yesterday.

Defoe’s left ankle got injured in the 35th minute of the match and he had to come out of the ground. Later, in the post match press conference, the manager of Tottenham, Andre Villas Boas confirmed that Defoe’s injury is severe and it could take him a few weeks to recover from this injury.

When asked about Defoe’s injury, Villas Boas said, “Defoe hasn’t yet gone for a scan, but, he is feeling pain and it seems that he might have to sit out for a few weeks.”

“It’s not good news for us as he is one of our key players. He will go for a scan and then, we will find out how much time he needs to recover. Hopefully, the ligament would not have been damaged that much and he would get fit soon.”

Tottenham has currently fallen short of attacking options as Emmanuel Adebayor is also unavailable at the moment. He is representing Togo in the Africa Cup of nations.

Some experts are saying that Andre Villas should have signed a striker during the mid season transfer window.

When asked why he didn’t sign a striker during the transfer window, Villas Boas said, “I didn’t feel the need of it. I am satisfied with the attacking options that we have got. Emmanuel Adebayor would come back in a few days and if necessary, Gareth Bale can also play as a striker. Clint Dempsey is also there. So, with a few attacking options already available, I decided not to go for a striker.”