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Roberto Soldado Injury: Updates on Tottenham Star's Calf and Return

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Roberto Soldado of Spurs reacts after a missed chance on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion on December 26 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2014

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:

  

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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Roberto Soldado of Tottenham Hotspur is tackled by Geoff Cameron of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane on December 29, 2013 in London, England.  (
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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:

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  Tim Sherwood the Tottenham manager directs his players during the Budweiser FA Cup match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on January 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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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.

Kane has made just two Premier League substitute appearances this season, per WhoScored, and he most recently featured as a substitute during the 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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. 

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