Jermain Defoe has played his final game for Tottenham Hotspur. The forward will officially make his move to Toronto FC on February 28th which meant that Spurs UEFA Europa League match against Dnipro on Thursday was set to be his final game for the club should he feature. It would also give Spurs fans at White Hart Lane one more chance to say farewell to the England International who has been a fixture in their team for years.
Defoe has been ruled out of Thursday's clash against Dnipro though as he has been held out of training recently trying to make his way back from a minor injury. According to Tim Sherwood in a report from Sky Sports, Defoe will not be ready in time for the game.
Losing Defoe for the match is a blow for Spurs as they could probably use their all-time leading scorer in European competitions as they look to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their round-of-32 clash. Instead Spurs fans will have to settle for saying farewell to the forward who scored over 100 goals for their club in his two stints at the Lane during the half time break of the game.
Defoe will leave for Toronto later in the week and will join his new team for the remainder of the preseason following their return from the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando. He has visited Toronto on a number of occasions to start the process of settling in to his new home but this time when he comes over he will finally be able to call Toronto home.
Toronto FC fans will be hoping that the injury keeping him out of Spurs games in recent weeks is nearly behind him and he will be ready to go come the start of the season. The injury is minor enough that there was a chance that he could be fit in time for the game against Dnipro so there is a good chance that he will be fit soon giving him time to prepare for the start of the MLS season which is 17 days away for Toronto FC. Hamstring injuries are always tricky to gauge though so it would not be surprising to see TFC ease him in to camp and be cautious to avoid further strain.
For Defoe his final game with Spurs will go down as the 1-0 win over Everton on February 9th. His final goal for the club came on January 11th when he found the back of the net after coming on as a second half substitute in Spurs 2-0 win over Crystal Place.