News, views, and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur from the past 24 hours.
Tottenham Hotspur face Manchester City in a huge match for Andre Villas-Boas' side next Sunday - and they are hoping to welcome several key players back from injury thanks to the extra recovery time of no fixture this weekend. There is potential good news with it hoped Gareth Bale could return for the fixture. It was reported that the club are to use a 'controversial' blood spinning technique to speed up his return, one they successfully trialed on Jermain Defoe earlier in the season.
The Independent claim this is giving Spurs hope that Bale will be able to return from his ankle injury to face City, after missing the Everton game at the weekend, and will be further assessed tomorrow.
The same paper also reports that the duo of Aaron Lennon and William Gallas are also hoping to make their returns in the fixture after short spells out injured, in what would be a timely boost for Spurs.
The fourth star potentially returning for the City game is Younes Kaboul, who played for the under-21s last night in his first appearance for eight months after a serious knee injury. We have taken a look at why his return is the best and most timely piece of news Spurs could have asked for. However while the aforementioned trio of Lennon, Gallas and Bale are unlikely to travel to Basel for the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final, the Independent claim that Kaboul could in fact travel, even if he is not expected to start, but there remains some uncertainty as to the final decision.
Tottenham fans may be interested to have seen transfer target Alvaro Negredo net a brace for Sevilla last night, his eighth in nine games since the transfer window closed. We have asked whether it was in fact an error from the club not to follow up their interest in the Spanish international striker.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is the bookies favourite to become Real Madrid manager, with odds as short as 4/5. To see the other candidates and their odds click here to take a look at the top 10 and who AVB is 'ahead' of.
Three Tottenham players feature in our Team of the Week, despite Spurs only drawing 2-2 at home to Everton. One of them is right-back Kyle Walker, to see who the other two stars are, read the article here.
With Real Madrid also looking to Gareth Bale, but Sergio Aguero too, we have compared the two players and their goal and assist output over the past two seasons. Bale, who is one year younger comes out on top. Have your say over who is the more desirable player for Madrid here.
And finally, Spurs 1-1 draw in the under-21 game against West Ham last night, means they have a nine point lead at the top of the Elite Group. A full rundown of last night's results can be read here.
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