Former Spurs defender finally on the comeback trail

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The one-time French international is closing in on a return to the professional game

Pascal Chimbonda may not be the most popular of ex-players among fans of either Wigan Athletic or Tottenham Hotspur, but the defender was back among the headlines this week after it was revealed he was close to making a return to the professional game.

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The 34-year-old has been without a club since departing Doncaster in 2012 and even resorted to turning out for non-league club Market Drayton earlier this year in a bid to maintain his fitness.

But those efforts now appear to have bore fruit with a report from the Daily Star indicating that the Frenchman could be about to secure a contract with League One side Carlisle United.

The club is currently managed by Graham Kavanagh, a former Wigan teammate of the Frenchman who first made his name on English shores with the Latics under then boss Paul Jewell.

And it’s this connection which has proven key to Chimbonda having any chance at a deal with the club, as the Carlisle gaffer confessed in an interview with Sky Sports.

'I know what Pascal’s like as a person and as a character. With his ­history and calibre, I’d be foolish not to have a look at him,' he said.

The defender is currently on trial with the north east club, but after competing at a lower level of football for such an extended period of time, question marks remain as to whether he will be capable of securing a deal with the club.

It marks a significant fall from grace for a player who was part of the France squad that made the 2006 World Cup final and was once the subject of a big money move to Spurs, where he ultimately failed to make the grade.

Failure to secure a deal here could see Chimbonda opt to hang up his boots indefinitely.

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