Andros Townsend takes to Twitter to announce delight at Spurs training return

Townsend, Costa, Walker

The England international missed Tottenham's narrow defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

Tottenham's England winger Andros Townsend has announced his delight at returning to training on Twitter, as he tries to build up his fitness after suffering a shoulder injury last month.

The Londoner made 35 appearances last season, scoring 6 goals and assisting 6 more, but he was not involved on the opening Premier League weekend.

The 24-year-old had played a part in the club's earlier pre-season matches at Hotspur Way, though suffered the blow ahead of the club's match against the MLS All-Starson July 29. That injury also ruled him out for the Audi Cup games against Real Madrid and AC Milan in Munich last week, as well as the match against Manchester United on Saturday.

With the first home game of the season coming against Stoke this weekend, Mauricio Pochettino will have to wait and see whether the academy graduate is fit enough to be involved in the match day squad.

Some Tottenham fans would rather not see the winger involved against the Potters, with Townsend a divisive figure among the White Hart Lane supporters. Nevertheless, with Erik Lamela himself struggling to make an impression for the club, and having started the match against United on the bench, the North Londoners could certainly benefit from an attacking player who would be able to utilise his pace in the final third.

Against United, the only pace and width came from the fullbacks, and Tottenham may wish to add more speed on the flanks against Stoke's back four, a defence that is not known for its pace.

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