Tottenham's two captains back for Liverpool trip

Vlad Chiriches

With Tottenham heading to Liverpool this weekend - the Premier League's highest goal-scorers - the two central defenders may well be called upon

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood was pleased to announce the return to full training of club captain Michael Dawson and Romania captain Vlad Chiriches, ahead of Sunday's crunch game with Liverpool.

Liverpool have scored an impressive 42 goals at home this season, overcoming opponents with their relentless attacking play. Indeed, Tottenham will have that 5-0 defeat by Liverpool at White Hart Lane fresh in their minds as they head northwest for the return fixture.

It was indeed that victory that confirmed Liverpool as serious Premier League contenders this season, going to one of their rivals' grounds and hammering them. It was also Andre Villas-Boas' last game in charge of Spurs, because that result signalled the end of his reign.

Tottenham haven't yet banished their tendency to lose heavily to those team above them in the Premier League, however, with big losses coming against Manchester City and Chelsea under Sherwood, so having half of his central defensive options returning to full training will be a massive boost for the former Blackburn captain.

'Vlad has been out for a while and we have to make sure we take our time with him', Sherwood  told the Tottenham website. 'We're pleased to see him back in training this week and we're looking to drop him back into Friday's Under-21 game against Arsenal at the Lane.

'He's trained well and he hasn't felt any reaction to his back, so we're well pleased with that.

'Michael trained at the end of last week as well, we're pleased with his progress and most of all, delighted we've more players from which to select from'.

Chiriches has been out since that loss to Manchester City - missing 12 games - while Dawson hasn't featured since the 4-0 loss to Chelsea. The Englishman is more likely to feature against Liverpool given the length of Chriches' absence and his managers comments, but Sherwood may seek to give the Romanian 45 minutes in the Under-21s to keep the former Steaua man fresh for a surprise appearance at Anfield.

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