Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed how pleased he was to learn that Aaron Lennon is nearing a return to full fitness after nearly two months on the sidelines.
The 26 year old picked up a foot injury on the opening day of the season as Tottenham narrowly defeated Crystal Palace and subsequently missed some 11 matches in all competitions.
Andros Towsend has impressed while deputising for Lennon but he was unable to influence the game last weekend as Tottenham suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to West Ham United at White Hart Lane.
Spurs do have plenty of options in wide areas after Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli were signed in the summer, but they are still adjusting to life in the Premier League.
Lennon has been instrumental for Tottenham for a number of years and was a member of the side that qualified for the Champions League and subsequently enjoyed a remarkable run in the European competition.
The England international has now returned to full training and Villas-Boas admitted he was delighted to see the winger return.
"I'm extremely happy, it's been a long time out for a player of Aaron's importance and the team is delighted with his return," Villas-Boas told the club's official website.
"He's proved year after year how important he is for us and to have him back is a major plus."
The international break means Lennon will have some time before he is considered for first team action and Villas-Boas is unsure whether he will be match fit for Tottenham's next match against Aston Villa on 20 October.
"Let's see how he works on the international break," added the former Chelsea boss. "Azza has kept his fitness very high with our medical department."