Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend suffered a dead leg against Partizan but is fit to return against ForestGetty Images/ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will welcome back winger Andros Townsend for the League Cup third round visit of Nottingham Forest on Wednesday 24 September.

Townsend missed the 1-0 Premier League defeat to West Bromwich Albion with a dead leg suffered in the Europa League draw at Partizan Belgrade last week.

But the England midfielder has recovered in time for the visit of the Championship leaders, with Pochettino confirming he has a fully fit Tottenham squad to choose from.

"Andros is fully fit and maybe has an opportunity to play," the Argentine said. "Everyone else is OK, the squad is fit."

Townsend said: "Personally, I am still trying to get my fitness up but we've got a perfect opportunity this next month where we've got midweek Europa League games and League Cup games, so I am sure I will be fully fit and be raring to go before too long."

Full-back Kyle Walker is the only absentee after undergoing abdominal surgery as Tottenham look to begin attempts to win their first trophy since 1999.

And Townsend is confident Tottenham can stage a bid for the League Cup but he is wary of the challenge posed by Stuart Pearce's promotion contenders.

"Nottingham Forest are flying high in the Championship so we know it's not going to be an easy game, it's going to be difficult," he told the club's official website. "They'll get at us from the first minute but it's a home game and it's one we have to think we can win.

"You have to wary of playing teams in the Championship because they're going to be a little bit more up for it and running around a little bit more, so we're going to have to be on our game if we want to go through.

"It's a good chance to progress in the competition. We're making no secret this season we want to win something and the League Cup is the perfect opportunity to go far.

"The manager is building a great squad so I am sure we have the depth to challenge [and] I am sure we have the capability in our squad to challenge in all competitions, so it's going to be a good chance in the League Cup."