Dick Advocaat warns Tottenham that Sunderland new boy Jeremain Lens will be in top shape for clash

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The 27-year-old has been nursing a knee problem over the international break.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has suggested that the recent international break will have allowed summer signing Jeremain Lens to get back to full fitness ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's visit to the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

“You could see that Lens had some problems with his knee at Aston Villa,” said the Black Cats boss, in quotes published by the Sunderland Echo.

“Hopefully he can get his sharpness back after these 14 days, before we play Spurs.”

The former Dynamo Kyiv man wasn’t at his dangerous best in Sunderland’s battling draw with Aston Villa, but can be a real menace when fully firing.

His adaptation to Premier League football has been swift and he has unquestionably been the pick of the Black Cats' summer business, already displaying the pace and directness that brought about his considerable reputation in Dutch football.

Mauricio Pochettino will have ear-marked the Dutchman as Sunderland’s main threat and will have his backline focused on limiting his influence.

Sunderland could have their own problems to deal with, however, with Christian Eriksen hoping to return from injury in time for the clash.

Summer signings Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie are also in contention, although doubts remain over the latter’s fitness, and Spurs fans will be excited to see how their potentially new-look attack performs, while keeping a close eye on how their defensive unit fares against Lens and co going the other way.

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