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Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has recovered from a foot injury and is in contention for Sunday’s game at Aston Villa.

Left-back Danny Rose (toe) and midfielder Etienne Capoue (ankle) are out until next week.

Defender Younes Kaboul is doubtful because of an adductor injury.

Paul Lambert is assessing Christian Benteke’s fitness before deciding whether to throw the striker back into action when Aston Villa host Tottenham on Sunday.

The Belgium international has been out since September with a hip injury but trained with his country earlier this week and was an unused substitute in their match against Wales on Tuesday.

Manager Lambert will look at his other international stars ahead of the match following their return to the midlands this week, but Jores Okore (cruciate ligament) and midfielder Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles) are long-term casualties.

It has been a painful fortnight of reflection for Andre Villas-Boas after the humiliation of the Ravel Morrison inspired home defeat to West Ham. That surprise result made a mockery of growing talk of title ambitions but visits to Villa Park have annually been a source of comfort for Tottenham. Villa have not beaten Spurs in six games at home but are reinvigorated after their stirring win over Manchester City.

Stat of the game: 4 Spurs have scored four goals in each of their last two visits to Villa Park.

Villa (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Guzan; Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; Westwood, El Ahmadi; Weimann, Delph, Agbonlahor; Benteke.
: Okore (cruciate ligament), N’Zogbia (Achilles), Gardner (back).
Test: Benteke (hip).

Tottenham (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembélé, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado.
Out: Rose (toe), Capoue (ankle).
Test: Kaboul (adductor).

Referee: Phil Dowd (Matches 5, R0 Y16).

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