Key quartet close in on Spurs return

Tottenham could be near to full strength for next week's game against Manchester City with the return of Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro and Younes Kaboul.

Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur challenges for

The injured quartet all came through a friendly against West Ham unscathed and are now closing on in a return to competitive action ahead of Wednesday's huge match at White Hart Lane.

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

Sandro came off at half-time during the behind closed doors friendly on Thursday while Kaboul, Paulinho and Vertonghen all played an hour before being substituted.

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 told Spurs TV.

"They have come though okay and it's good to see them get some minutes under their belts. There is nothing like playing.

"With players of this quality coming back to fitness it reinforces the fact that we have strength and depth in the squad. They are players with real quality and ability. That's what I look for."

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

Harry Kane scored twice and Milos Veljkovic also found the net in the 3-0 win.

Germany midfielder Lewis Holtby, who may leave Spurs this month, provided all three assists.

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