Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson return to Tottenham training

Tottenham handed a boost ahead of clash against Stoke as Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson return to full training

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Gareth Bale has not featured since the win over Fulham earlier this month Photo: J Boyes, via Wikimedia

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Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has resumed full training and is in contention for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Stoke at White Hart Lane.

Bale was forced off with a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win over Fulham earlier this month, causing him to miss the defeat to Everton and Sunday’s victory against Swansea.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed Bale is back to full fitness and available for selection.

“It’s good news,” Villas-Boas said. “First, for the player because he wants to be back in the group and he’s made a tremendous recovery. He’s worked extremely hard.”

The Spurs boss is also pleased to welcome back defensive duo Michael Dawson and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who join Scott Parker on the growing list of recoveries.

Dawson suffered a similar injury to Bale against Fulham while Assou-Ekotto has been a long-term absentee.

“Michael was injured in the same game as Gareth and they’ve both returned to training,” Villas-Boas added. “It’s great to have them back.

“Benoit is also recovering his fitness, along with Scott Parker.

“Scott is a little ahead of Benoit, but he’s getting back into shape and back into contention.”

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