Michael Dawson has given Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Redknapp a post-Christmas boost by returning to full training.
The central defender has made only two appearances this season and has been out of action since August after suffering an achilles injury. William Gallas and Ledley King have been sharing the duty of partnering Younes Kaboul in the heart of the Spurs defence, but Dawson is now nearing a return to first-team action.
"It felt great to be out there again," said Dawson. "It's been a difficult few months, firstly getting to the bottom of the achilles injury and eventually going for the operation [in November]. It's been great since then.
"I've been back outside for the last couple of weeks doing my fitness work and it's fantastic to train with the lads again. It's been a tough time. I'm a footballer and I want to be out there training, not stuck in the gym recovering from injury. As I've said all along, you tend to take it all for granted when you are fit.
"I came through the session OK, everything's fine and I can't wait for the next step, being back out there playing again."
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