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Tottenham defender Danny Rose has returned to first-team training and could make his long-awaited comeback in Thursday's Europa League match against Anzhi Makhachkala.

Last Updated: 12/12/13 at 06:54

Danny Rose: On the verge of a return to action

Danny Rose: On the verge of a return to action

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Rose has been sidelined since he hobbled out of Tottenham's win over Tromso on September 19 with a toe injury.

But the left-back was training with his team-mates on a foggy Wednesday morning in Enfield and could feature against Anzhi on Thursday night at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham fielded Jan Vertonghen out of position at left-back in Rose's absence, but the Belgian is expected to miss the next four weeks with an ankle injury.

Spurs are down to one fit centre-back, Michael Dawson, as Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches are out with quad and knee injuries respectively.

The good news for manager Andre Villas-Boas is that playmaker Christian Eriksen is back in first-team training after his recent ankle injury.

Villas-Boas is expected to give his fringe players a run out against Anzhi as his team have already won Group K.

Anzhi have qualified as runners-up, but they are bottom of the Russian Premier League and their squad has been decimated by injury ahead of the trip to London.

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