Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon are all in contention to feature in the weekend's crunch game against Manchester City.

Villas-Boas revealed that Defoe had been training with the rest of the first team, while Bale has also made a rapid recovery and is in with a chance of featuring from the start as Tottenham look to get their top four hopes back on track with victory over City at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is fit to face Manchester City on Sunday. [Reuters]

Spurs have also missed the influence of Lennon on the right wing and he may well be risked after it was confirmed that he has been training by himself throughout the week as he attempts to prove his fitness.

"There has been a good recovery from Defoe," revealed Villas-Boas. "Gareth has also been training with the team and Lennon has been recovering progressively. There is still a chance but he hasn't trained with the team yet so we will have to wait and see. They are all in with a chance of playing."

Spurs will be keen to secure a win over the Roberto Mancini's side after seeing Arsenal drop points when they could only secure a 0-0 draw with Everton earlier this week.They are now just two points behind the Gunners with a game in hand, while Chelsea are three points clear.

With teh Blues securing a 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, there is even more pressure on Tottenham to secure all three points against Manchester City and remain in the hunt for a top four finish.

With six games remaining there is still everything to play for and Villas-Boas is certain that there will be more shocks before the end of the season, though he feels Arsenal have possibly the easiest run in.

"It's difficult to say who is the favourites, we have probably the second worst calendar behind Everton" explained Villas-Boas. "Chelsea also have a difficult run of fixtures so I think all of these teams will be trying to get the as many wins as possible but I would say that Arsenal have the best run in.

"We have lost some points recently but still everything depends on us because of this game in hand we have against Chelsea."

Tottenham were due to play Chelsea earlier this month but the fixture has now been rearranged after the Blues appeared in the semi-final of the FA Cup. With that fixture now taking place in May it is vital that Tottenham remain in touch with the top four when they take on Rafa Benitez's side.

"We have everything in our hands so now it is up to us to do our job," added the former Chelsea manager. "It shifts very quickly and I can see teams dropping points."