Huddlestone boost for Tottenham

The midfielder underwent surgery on his ankle injury in November

after picking up the problem in the club’s 1-1 draw with

Sunderland. He had been scheduled to return to action in January,

but a setback in training kept him on the sidelines until he

returned to action in a 2-1 win for a Spurs XI over Barnet at the

club’s training ground in Chigwell, Essex, on Tuesday afternoon.

The England midfielder came through 80 minutes of the match and now

hopes to play some part in Tuesday’s Champions League clash against

Real Madrid, or even Saturday’s league match at Wigan. “Good run

out today, Spurs XI against a Barnet XI,” Huddlestone wrote on his

Twitter page. “Was nice to be out there again, all went well and

fingers crossed there’s no reaction.” Jermaine Jenas, Wilson

Palacios, Luka Modric and Sandro have performed admirably in

Huddlestone’s central midfield role, but the return of a man

Redknapp once compared to club legend Glenn Hoddle is a big morale

boost for the Londoners as they head into the final few games of

the season. Tottenham technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood was

impressed with the former Derby man’s performance given the length

of his layoff. “It was great for Tom’s fitness to get the minutes

in,” Sherwood told Tottenham’s website. “He’s never going to lose

his ability and his ability to pass with both feet is almost

unmatched.” Fellow midfielder Aaron Lennon was back at Tottenham’s

training ground today after his withdrawal from the England squad

to face Ghana. The 23-year-old, who has been a prominent figure in

the club’s domestic and European campaigns this season, had

complained of a hamstring problem on Monday and was released from

the squad on Monday. Lennon will now be monitored closely by the

club’s medical staff to see if he will be available for Saturday’s

game at the DW Stadium and next Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg

in Madrid. Fellow winger Gareth Bale is a doubt for next week’s

match at the Bernabeu after the club revealed yesterday that he had

suffered a grade one hamstring strain while on international duty

with Wales.