Jenas won't rush back

Spurs midfielder unlikely to risk run-out against Seasiders

Jenas: Closing on return

Jenas: Closing on return

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Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas will not risk another setback by rushing his return from injury.

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The England international has been struggling with a calf complaint of late, with the knock originally sustained during a UEFA Champions League clash with Werder Bremen in November.

In a desperate bid to return to the side, having forced his way back into Harry Redknapp's plans, he further inflamed the problem by figuring in another continental clash against FC Twente.

He was forced to limp out of the fixture in Holland, consigning him to another spell on the sidelines.

Jenas is aware that he must take every precaution to avoid suffering a similar fate again, but is happy with the progress being made in his rehabilitation.

"It's been coming on well, I've been running for the last three or four days," he told Sky Sports News.

"The problem before was that I probably rushed it a bit too much. The squad had been pretty stretched over a busy period so I was hoping I could help out but pushed it a bit too far."

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It had been suggested that Jenas could be back in contention for Spurs' trip to Blackpool On Sunday, but he feels the clash at Bloomfield Road may come 'too soon'.

He joked: "I don't know. I think it might be a game too soon. Hopefully it will get called off, then I will have another week."

Jenas is keen to get back out on the field as Tottenham continue to make impressive progress at home and abroad.

One of the driving forces behind their success this season has been Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, who Jenas admits has been a revelation since being snapped up from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

"It's surprising how well he has fitted into the group, it's like he's been here three, four, five years. He is a top lad as well," he said.

"In terms of his performances, what he has done speaks for itself. The experience he brings from playing in international football and in European football has really helped us, especially at some stages of the Champions League.

"He gives us something different. We have got out and out pace on the wings with (Gareth) Bale and (Aaron) Lennon. Rafa can play from the right sometimes and drift in or he can play off the front and link between the midfield and forwards, so he does give us something different."