Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone made his first Spurs appearance for four months in last night's friendly with Barnet.
The England midfielder had been sidelined with a ankle problem, and while he was expected to return earlier in the year, continual setbacks in his rehabilitation has led to his late return.
After returning to training last week, Huddlestone cam through 80 minutes against Barnet at Tottenham's training ground as he looks to make his first-team comeback before the end of the season.
"It was great for Tom's fitness to get the minutes in," Tottenham coach, Tim Sherwood told the club's official website.
"He's never going to lose his ability and ability to pass with both feet is almost unmatched."
Such has been Huddlestone's progress in training that he is expected to make his first-team return during this Saturday's trip to Wigan Athletic, and could be involved in Spurs Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid.
However, the news is so not positive for Jonathan Woodgate, whose latest comeback suffered a setback in the friendly with Barnet.
The 31-year-old suffered a calf injury and limped out of the friendly with The Bees, after last appearing for Spurs in the Champions League against AC Milan.
"It's not good news - a real blow to him and the club," Harry Redknapp told The Sun.
"He had been training well recently and I was hoping to feature him against Real next week.
"He'll still travel with us as part of the squad. Real is his old club and this match means so much to him."
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