Tottenham Hotspur have allowed unwanted midfielder Jermaine Jenas to return to his hometown club Nottingham Forest on an initial one-month loan deal.

The midfielder has struggled to make an impact in the Spurs first team in the last two seasons and was allowed to join Aston Villa on a season-long loan last year.

Jermaine Jenas
Jenas in a rare appearance for Tottenham against Wigan [Reuters]

However, Jenas suffered an Achilles injury just a short time into the deal and returned to Tottenham in order to try and regain his fitness for the start of the new season.

The 29-year-old managed to recover in time to begin pre-season training but has made just one substitute appearance under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Nottingham Forest were always believed to be keen to re-sign their former player and will have the opportunity to hand him such much-needed first team football after the deal was announced on Sky Sports.

Jenas came through the academy at Nottingham Forest and went on to play 26 league games, scoring four goals, before moving to Newcastle United in a deal worth £5million.

It has been more than 10 years since Jenas left the City ground and in that time he has gone on to make 21 appearances for England before injuries and a loss of form left him struggling for first team football.

Forest meanwhile have been struggling to secure a return to the top flight having slipped down to League One back in the 2004/05 season and will hope that Jenas can help with their push for promotion.

Now under new owners Forest have made a mixed start to the season, losing just once in their opening seven league game but only winning two as they currently lie in 11th place.