Spurs pair close to re­turn

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Matt Law FOOT­BALL NEWS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur have been handed a sig­nif­i­cant boost ahead of the restart of the Pre­mier League and Champions League with Danny Rose and Erik Lamela both re­turn­ing to first-team train­ing.

Left-back Rose has been out since Jan­uary with a knee in­jury and has suf­fered at least one set­back dur­ing his re­cov­ery that has pre­vented him from play­ing this sea­son.

Lamela has not played for Tot­ten­ham for al­most a year be­cause of hip prob­lems and he even spent time at his for­mer club Roma as he at­tempted to over­come his in­juries be­fore fi­nally un­der­go­ing surgery.

Tot­ten­ham posted a pic­ture on Twit­ter of both play­ers with the rest of the squad on Wednesday, al­though it still may be a cou­ple of weeks be­fore Rose is in con­tention for a first-team re­turn fol­low­ing such a lengthy lay-off.

The 27-year-old, who has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea after criticising the Tot­ten­ham wage struc­ture, is still rated as one of the best left-backs in Europe, de­spite Ben Davies fill­ing in im­pres­sively.

Lamela had been dis­play­ing some of his best form since his 2013 £30mil­lion move from Roma be­fore first suf­fer­ing his hip in­jury. While Rose could be back sooner, Tot­ten­ham have so far not been any more spe­cific than hop­ing that he Ar­gen­tine could play for the club this year.

Fol­low­ing this week­end’s game against Bournemouth, Tot­ten­ham face a tough run of fix­tures in which they play Real Madrid twice in the Champions League and Liver­pool, Manchester United and Ar­se­nal in the Pre­mier League in just over a month.

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