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Tottenham boss celebrates international defender's return

Kaboul made the bench away to Everton on Sunday after playing 120 minutes in Wednesday's League Cup match with Hull City

This last week has been a great week for Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul. Arguably Spurs' standout defender before last season's injury nightmare, the big Frenchman has suffered a serious of niggling injuries this year that prevented him from establishing himself in Andre Villas-Boas' starting eleven.

The Portuguese clearly rates Kaboul, and has rewarded him with the captaincy on the few occasions he has been able to select him.

After coming through all 120 minutes of Wednesday's mammoth League Cup tie with Hull City, few would have expected Kaboul to be involved in this weekend's fixture at Everton.

However, perhaps indicating that he has turned the corner concerning his injury woes, the defender claimed a place on the bench.

Villas-Boas was delighted with that performance, and equally happy to be able to consider Kaboul for his team selection.

"Kaboul was extraordinary on Wednesday," the Spurs boss said.

"It was good that he played 120 minutes. I think we've finally buried his recurrent injuries. That's a great credit to the player and our medical department."

Though he didn't make it out onto the pitch at Goodison Park, 27-year-old Kaboul will now hope to win back his starting place, despite the impressive form of club captain Michael Dawson and new signing Vlad Chiriches.

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