The Spurs winger has been out for four months with a groin injury and will be on the bench for tomorrow’s game. Harry Redknapp told The Sun:
“He trained fully with us this week for the first time since the injury and it’s going well.
He should be on the bench at least and it’s great to have Aaron around again – not only for Tottenham but for England, too. It’s good news.”
With the World Cup just seven weeks away, this is great news for England. If fit, Lennon will be on the plane to South Africa, although he needs to play in a few games for Tottenham to convince Fabio Capello he is fit enough. With David Beckham out through injury and Theo Walcott being a bit hit and miss for Arsenal this season, Lennon can make that right wing position his own for England.
For Tottenham, Lennon’s return is also an added bonus, especially at such a crucial time for the club. After recent wins over Arsenal and Chelsea, Spurs are currently two points ahead of Man City in the race for fourth place but have a tough set of fixtures left, with Man United, Bolton, Man City and Burnley left to play. The game against City at Eastlands is undoubtedly the key fixture and they will need Lennon at his best if they want to win that game.
David Bentley has filled in admirably for Lennon this season but lacks that blistering pace and trickery that Lennon has on the right wing. With Gareth Bale earning plenty of admirers for his performances on the left wing and pure pace Spurs have down that side, Lennon’s pace on the right will make Spurs a formidable opponent as they attack with Bale and Lennon down the wings and Luka Modric through the middle.
Lennon’s ability to set up his teammates will undoubtedly be a vital weapon that Spurs can use in the key games they have left to play. Lennon has 10 assists so far this season, despite only playing in three months worth of games. This is more than any other Tottenham player and is a testament to how effective Lennon can be on that right wing and shows that his all-round game has improved to the point where he is not just pure pace down that right hand side, he has an end product.
It will take Lennon a while to get match fit, therefore we shouldn’t expect to see him starting all of Spurs’ remaining games, but his return is undoubtedly great news for both Spurs and England.
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