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POSITIVES FOR MARTIN

Posted on 10 September 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol reports positive news from Spurs Lodge with Darren Bent, Anthony Gardner and Benoit Assou-Ekotto all training again and Aaron Lennon continuing to build up his fitness.

Martin Jol reports positive news from Spurs Lodge with Darren Bent, Anthony Gardner and Benoit Assou-Ekotto all training again and Aaron Lennon continuing to build up his fitness.

Striker Darren was back out at the training ground on Monday after a thigh injury ruled him out of our games at Manchester United and Fulham and England duty this week.

Anthony Gardner also trained after a groin problem and Benoit has returned to action after a lengthy spell out with a knee injury - he's yet to feature this season.

Meanwhile, flying winger Aaron – who was close to making a return at Fulham – is looking sharp again after undergoing minor knee surgery in May.

“It’s very positive news for us,” said Martin on Monday. “Darren Bent is back and looked in good form. He did everything in training with us.

“We’ve got Aaron Lennon back as well and don’t forget him! He trained last week and is looking good, although he lacks a bit of match fitness so that’s a decision we have to make.

“Benoit Ekotto and Anthony Gardner are also back and that gives us more options. I feel it’s an exciting time for us.”

The big one against Arsenal is next in the Barclays Premier League at the Lane on Saturday (1.30pm) and Martin will have his fingers crossed that nine first team squad regulars on international duty this week return injury-free on Thursday.

“First thing’s first, we have to get all the players back from international duty so we can make an assessment, but it’s the same for Arsenal,” he added. “We’ve still five or six players who did all the training sessions last week, we had a good week with the lads who are here and we’re all looking forward to it.”