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Thursday 30 August 2012

Defoe's new deal softens Kaboul blow for Spurs

England striker signs new three-year deal; France defender out for four months

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is unlikely to return to action until the New Year

Jermain Defoe has extended his stay at Tottenham Hotspur after signing a new three-year deal but the Barclays Premier League club must make do without the services of Younes Kaboul for up to four months after the defender had knee surgery.

Defoe made his 300th appearance for Tottenham against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and the 29-year-old intends to increase that tally significantly after agreeing terms on a new contract that expires in 2015.

Defoe has made 230 Premier League appearances in two spells at the north London club and scored 80 goals in the English top flight.

The England striker, who scored the winning goal against Italy in a recent friendly, has scored 16 times in 49 internationals and has been called up by Roy Hodgson for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Kaboul blow

Kaboul, meanwhile, is likely to be out of action until the New Year after an operation on a knee injury. The 26-year-old appeared in the opening match of the season against Newcastle United but missed Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom and could now be sidelined for a further 18 League games.

"Morning all, surgery done with success," the central defender tweeted on Thursday morning. "Now looking forward for my rehab. I thank you all for your great support as usual."

He then added shortly afterwards: "Sorry I forgot to mention how long [I will be out for]... should be 4 months."

In Kaboul's absence Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas has Jan Vertonghen, William Gallas, Michael Dawson and Steven Caulker available as central defensive options.

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Key Points

  • Jermain Defoe pens new three-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur
  • England international rewarded for good early season form
  • Younes Kaboul out for four months after undergoing knee surgery