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Tottenham upbeat over Aaron Lennon's recovery to face Real Madrid

Tottenham upbeat over Aaron Lennon's recovery to face Real MadridTottenham Hotspur are cautiously optimistic that Aaron Lennon will recover from the hamstring strain he picked up when training with England this week to face Wigan Athletic on Saturday and Real Madrid next Tuesday, after he came through a session at the club.

Lennon trained alongside the rest of the Tottenham players who are not on international duty, following the decision to release him by England when he reported discomfort in the tendon.

The winger was not required to have a scan and Spurs are monitoring the 23-year-old on a daily basis before taking a decision regarding whether he should play at Wigan.

Gareth Bale, who also has a hamstring problem, is undertaking a conditioning programme at the Spurs Lodge training complex. Whether he can play against Wigan or against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final first leg next week depends on how he responds to the treatment.

Tom Huddlestone returned from injury in a friendly match at Tottenham's training ground on Tuesday, playing for the first time since ankle surgery in November.

The England midfielder came through 80 minutes of the match against Barnet, who had Roy Carroll in goal. The former Manchester United player, a free agent, is training with the League Two club.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Jamie Jackson, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 29th March 2011 21.21 Europe/London

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