PHOTO: Tottenham cult hero returns to training at German club to link up with Holtby

Tottenham Hotspur attacker Lewis Holtby welcomes Rafael van der Vaart back into the Hamburg fold.

Hamburg have gladly welcomed back captain Rafael van der Vaart to training after a frustrating month.

The Dutchman has been out with a calf problem since the end of August, and joined the first team for training yesterday.

There will be one player extra glad to see him back in action, Tottenham loanee Lewis Holtby.

The pair share a White Hart Lane connection but have not had the opportunity to play together so far, and Hamburg need inspiration from somewhere.

They sit bottom of the Bundesliga with two points from six games, and having their captain back could not be better timed.

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