Tottenham have been given a fitness boost following the news that Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches have returned to training, according to the Daily Star.

Spurs have suffered a centre back crisis in recent weeks, which was at its most desperate during the Europa League tie against Benfica, when Sandro and Zeki Fryers were forced to fill in.

But Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen featured in the dramatic 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday, and now it seems they are close to a full strength defence.

“Vlad has been out for a while and we have to make sure we take our time with him,” Tim Sherwood said.

“We’re pleased to see him back in training this week and we’re looking to drop him back into Friday’s Under-21 game against Arsenal at the Lane.

“He’s trained well and he hasn’t felt any reaction to his back, so we’re well pleased with that.

“Michael trained at the end of last week as well, we’re pleased with his progress and most of all, delighted we’ve more players from which to select from.”

Chiriches has missed the last 12 games with a back problem, while club captain Dawson has been out since picking up a hamstring problem during the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on March 8.