Photos: Yedlin and Dembele fight for the ball in Spurs training

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Tottenham Hotspur's first team were in practice ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash v Southampton.

As a key Premier League clash approaches for Tottenham, the north London side's players looked to be in combative mood in training.

Facing Southampton during Saturday's early kick-off will no doubt provide a stern test for the White Hart Lane outfit - and not least ex-Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino.

And two Spurs stars who will be eager for game time were pictured fighting valiantly for possession ahead of the fixture.

DeAndre Yedlin is one. The right-back has made his Tottenham debut but will no doubt be itching for more game time between now and the end of the season. There may be no better time for him with the majority of the pressure off the north London side's season now that Champions League football is realistically off the table.

The other is Mousa Dembele, a controlling midfielder for whom Spurs fans have long wanted a first-team return. The Belgian's form dipped immeasurably earlier this season, though, and he is obviously paying the price now.

Could either feature against Southampton? If so, their training exploits will likely be a factor.

Elsewhere in practice were the likes of Erik Lamela, Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane...

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