Lennon trains again with Spurs

Lennon has been sidelined since December after he picked up the

problem that threatened to rule him out for the season. But the

22-year-old has made encouraging progress in his comeback, with

manager Harry Redknapp revealing the player should be fit to

feature in England’s World Cup squad if selected by Three Lions

boss Fabio Capello. The Spurs chief was further boosted by Lennon

taking part in open practice at White Hart Lane, a move which

marked a significant step-up in the player’s rehabilitation. Lennon

has missed the last 19 outings in all competitions, however

suggestions had surfaced that the former Leeds man could be in

contention to take on Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final on

Sunday. Redknapp would not be pushed on such claims, though,

instead telling supporters in a question and answer session that

his wing wizard would be closely monitored by the club’s medical

staff. “Today is the first day Aaron has joined in a training

session, it’s his first morning back,” said the 63-year-old boss.

“It was great to see him out training but we’ve got to take our

time, it’s important he doesn’t break down and have another

setback. “We’ll see how he goes this week, the physios will monitor

his progress and they will let us know when he’s ready to come back

and start playing again. “He’s getting closer and that’s good

news.”