Updates from Sunday, Jan. 19
Roberto Soldado was fit enough to return to the bench as Tottenham beat Swansea on Sunday.
Spurs' official Twitter account reported his return:
Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Holtby, Soldado, Capoue, Defoe, Sigurdsson— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 19, 2014
Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado could face a spell on the injury table after battling through the club's 2-0 FA Cup defeat against Arsenal with a calf problem.
Tim Sherwood, who has helped Soldado improve his form since becoming Spurs boss, confirmed the Spanish forward nearly missed the North London derby with the problem.
Per Yahoo! Eurosport:
Soldado is sore on his calf. He was touch and go whether he would play and he had to come off because we don't want it to go entirely and have him missing for six or seven weeks.
Soldado's troubled start to life at White Hart Lane has seen him struggle to consistently net Premier League goals for a side that spent over £100 million to replace Gareth Bale this summer. The 28-year-old has scored five goals in 18 appearances with only one coming from open play, per OptaJoe:
80% - Four of Roberto Soldado's five Premier League goals this season have come from the penalty spot. Specialist.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2013
Primarily deployed as a lone striker under previous Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, Soldado's movement and effectiveness has improved slightly since being used alongside Emmanuel Adebayor.
Sherwood's decision to play two up front saw the former Valencia striker grab a goal and an assist Dec. 29 in the 3-0 win over Stoke, per WhoScored.
Jermain Defoe could benefit from Soldado's injury, should the calf problem keep him out for a significant period of time. However, Defoe is widely expected to join MLS outfit Toronto FC in the near future, per John Cross of Mirror Football. Therefore, Harry Kane may be the player to receive additional playing time during Soldado's absence.
Spurs fans will certainly be hoping Soldado isn't kept out of action for too long, especially as the talented forward appears to have gained confidence in recent weeks.