Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Ben Davies back to training this week, as the Welshman uses the winter break to get back up to speed after a long time out.
Davies only managed to play one game under Jose Mourinho before picking up a nasty long-term ankle problem, but has finally returned to Hotspur Way with the first-team.
The left-back could prove to be an important figure in the latter stages of the season, as he fits the mould that Mourinho is attempting to build in North London.
The Special One has often fielded more defensive left-sided players, such as Vertonghen or Tanganga, to act as third centre-backs while Aurier plays as a wing-back on the right.
Davies has played as a left-back and left-sided centre-back in his career, making him the perfect man within the current Spurs squad to fill that role.
The defender has spoken to the Tottenham official website this week about making his return: “I feel good. It’s a been a tough one, difficult not to be involved but look, it happens in football, and you have to be ready when you come back.
“I want to be part of the group but unfortunately in that first game against West Ham, I had that taken away from me. I feel ready now and I can’t wait to get back out there.”
On the injury, he added: “I tried to play on with it but I was struggling to run, I knew it was sore but I tried to get to the end of the game, couldn’t manage it, then had some scans and realised the damage was pretty bad. Luckily, I didn’t need surgery and I’m over the hardest part now.
“We’ve got a key run of matches coming up and we’ll need to be 100 per cent ready for them. We’re winning games, and that’s most important. We have a couple of new faces in now, they’ve started well, and we’ve got to stick to the principles the gaffer sets out and perform as a team.”
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