Van der Vaart sidelined

Monday 26th November 2012 13:59

Rafael van der Vaart: Three-week absence for the Dutchman

Rafael van der Vaart: Three-week absence for the Dutchman

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Former Tottenham ace Rafael van der Vaart has been ruled out for 'three weeks' after tearing a muscle while playing in the Bundesliga at the weekend.

The Dutchman injured his right leg playing for Hamburg against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.

A club statement said: "Tests on Sunday morning showed that it was indeed a muscle tear. He is expected to be out for three weeks."

Van der Vaart returned to Hamburg this summer after a four-year gap, having spent the previous two seasons in north London.

Van der Vaart knew he had done some damage saying after the match: "It feels like a tear.

"It's not an injury with which you can play again after a few weeks. It will be difficult to play again this year."

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