Huddlestone boost for Tottenham

Tom Huddlestone on Tuesday handed Harry Redknapp a boost by turning out in a Tottenham shirt for the first time in over four months.

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.