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Mixed news from Gorman

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

John Gorman can report good and bad news from the training ground this week.

Our assistant manager was delighted to see the return of long-term victims Ben Thatcher and Mauricio Taricco from the treatment table and back into full training on Tuesday.

Mauricio has been out since September with a nagging groin problem while Ben has been sidelined since November with a similar complaint.

But there was scant positive news short-term as John did not expect any of our current legion of injuries to return in time for Saturday’s visit of Aston Villa.

"Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll get any injuries back in time for Aston Villa," he said. "Sergei Rebrov is improving but it will still take a lot of treatment.

"We’re still waiting for Steffen Iversen. He sees a specialist on Wednesday (today) and hopefully he will get the all clear but the problem is that he hasn’t done anything since. If he gets the all clear then he can resume training again and we’ll take it from there.

"Ledley King has had an operation and that looks like that for the rest of the season. How’s your luck?"

However, John suggested that Les Ferdinand may return after a family bereavement.

"We’re hoping Les will be back in the fold again, as he was last weekend," said John. "Unfortunately he suffered a family bereavement and we lost his services.

"It was disappointing because we’d worked all week with him and he was ready to play. He was in the team and we had to change things around on the morning of the match.

"But family comes first. It was very sad for Les and he had to go straight back to London."

John and Glenn are still faced with the scenario that they have yet to see the majority of their senior players in action.

"We still don’t know half the squad," he explained. "We’ve nine or 10 players missing. It’s unbelievable. If we’d had two or three experienced players back who knows what we might have achieved in the last few games.

"It’s a difficult week as well. There are four boys out on international duty, God forbid anything happens to them and what can we say. We are just keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t get any more injuries."