HARRY IN VAN BANG

Dutch star fined for rant at Red­knapp

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Bat­tle

The Dutch mid­fielder was fu­ri­ous af­ter be­ing axed from Tot­ten­ham’s Euro­pean squad de­spite mak­ing progress on his come­back from a ham­string in­jury.

He claims Spurs did not tell him he would be sit­ting out their group games, start­ing with Greek side PAOK on Thurs­day.

“I still think it’s a pe­cu­liar sit­u­a­tion,” said Van der Vaart.

“Spurs could at least have con­sulted me.”

Van der Vaart made a mir­a­cle re­cov­ery from his ham­string trou­ble af­ter trav­el­ling to Hol­land to meet spe­cial­ist Dick van Toorn.

He was up for play­ing against PAOK but has now set his sights on Liver­pool in the Premier League on Sun­day.

“It’s at the point of no re­turn,” he added. “I will be fo­cus­ing on the game against Liver­pool.

“I’m pretty con­vinced I will be fit by then, thanks to Dick van Toorn.”

Red­knapp wants to use his fringe play­ers against PAOK and save his first-team­ers for the Liver­pool clash.

Jake Liver­more will start and play­ers such as Led­ley King will get a rest.

Brad Friedel will also miss out as he was not in­cluded in the Euro­pean squad.

It means Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cu­dicini will bat­tle it out for the No1 jersey.

Gomes wants to leave the club and Corinthi­ans are in­ter­ested in tak­ing him back to Brazil af­ter he has fallen down the peck­ing or­der at White Hart Lane.

He was not even on the bench against Wolves at the week­end.

DOWN AND OUT: Van der Vaart has been left out by Red­knapp (in­set)

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