There was mixed news for Tottenham after Robbie Keane’s return to the club was followed by the confirmation that Jermain Defoe will be ruled out for up to 10 weeks.
Keane completed his return to White Hart Lane after six months at Liverpool, the 28-year-old agreeing a four-year deal, with the fee starting at £12m before rising with add-ons.
The Republic of Ireland striker travelled to London yesterday to agree personal terms and complete a medical.
“It was a difficult decision to make to leave Tottenham in the summer,” Keane said. “It proved not to be the right move for me.
“I know some Spurs fans will feel I let them down by leaving but I can assure them I shall be giving my all for this club – this club has terrific fans and I want to repay them for all their support. We’ve got to get on and fight our way up that league table.”
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had been upset by Keane asking for a transfer last summer – but a deal was pushed through to get the Republic of Ireland striker back.
Levy said: “We never wanted Robbie to leave in the summer, we acknowledged the six years dedicated service he gave this club and reluctantly let him go.
“I am delighted that he has chosen to return to us. We can all recall the passion and fight he displayed during his previous seasons with us. I know he is determined to give us his full commitment.”
Fellow striker Defoe, however, has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a stress fracture to his right foot.
“Following further scans and examination, Jermain Defoe will undergo surgery after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot,” read a statement from Spurs.
“Early detection has allowed the club to opt for the best long-term treatment.”
Defoe picked up the injury, to his fifth metatarsal, during an indoor training session shortly after rejoining Spurs after almost a year at Portsmouth.