Villas-Boas welcomes Lennon’s return to Tottenham training

Andre Villas-Boas has welcomed the return to training of Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon, the Daily Express has reported, as the England man attempts to regain fitness over the international break.

Lennon has played only once this season, in Spurs’ opening Premier League game at Crystal Palace. The 26-year-old played the full match at Selhurst Park and drew what proved to be the game-winning penalty when his cross was handled by Eagles defender Dean Moxey – Roberto Soldado converted from 12 yards on his debut to seal the points.

A foot injury has prevented Lennon from appearing since, however, and he has missed a total of 11 games in that time. Without him Tottenham have made a good start to their Europa League campaign, winning both games in Group K, but their league form has been a little more mixed. Villas-Boas’ side currently sit sixth with 13 points, and were heavily beaten at home by West Ham in their final fixture before the international took precedence.

Lennon could be fit for Tottenham’s first game after the internationals, against Aston Villa at Villa Park on October 20. “It has been a long time out for a player of Aaron’s importance. And the team is delighted with his return,” Villas-Boas said. Tottenham won 4-0 in the Midlands in the League Cup earlier in the season.

The former Leeds winger has been at White Hart Lane since July 2005, moving to London after only 43 appearances for the Yorkshire club. He has since gone on to feature more than 430 times for Spurs, scoring 29 goals.

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