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Spurs boost for tough test

TOTTENHAM could be near to full strength for next week's game against Manchester City after Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro and Younes Kaboul all came through a friendly against West Ham.

Kaboul had been sidelined for two months with a thigh problem, while the other three had not played since December.

All four are now closing on in a return to competitive action ahead of Wednesday's huge match against Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

Manager Tim Sherwood, who was at Upton Park to watch the 3-0 win, was happy to see the quartet back in action.

"It is great news to see so many lads returning from injury at such a crucial time," Sherwood said.

"With players of this quality coming back to fitness it reinforces the fact that we have strength and depth in the squad."

The only two players who have also been sidelined through injury of late – Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela – did not feature.