Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes it will still be a few weeks before Kyle Walker makes his first-team comeback after nearly nine months out.
Walker, 24, has not featured for Spurs since March after suffering with a long-standing pelvic problem which later required an operation, with the right-back missing out on a place in England’s World Cup squad as a result.
He returned to training last week, however, before lasting 67 minutes for the club’s U21 team against their Manchester City counterparts on Monday night, with Pochettino delivering a positive verdict on his performance after watching from the stands.
“We all went to Stevenage to watch game and he played 67 minutes,” he told reporters ahead of the club’s trip Chelsea on Wednesday night.
“It was a very good first game after his injury, to feel he can play in competition, because it is different to training.
“We are happy. Maybe it's not enough still not yet, but maybe in the next few weeks available for squad.”
Coming off three consecutive wins, Tottenham will be looking to make it four tomorrow when they travel to Stamford Bridge, where the club haven’t won since February 1990, but Pochettino insists that record is irrelevant.
“I don't read about the record there,” he said. “For us it's important to go and feel the same mentality we did against Everton. Forget the past because it doesn't affect our present.
“We know Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League, with a very strong squad and an unbelievable team and we expect a very tough game.
“The record doesn't affect me. I don't read anything into it. For our players look forward to Stamford Bridge and try to get three points.
“We know it's difficult stadium - in last 14 games they made 11 clean sheets. Not easy team. We go with excitement to go to play to show our skill and try to win.”