After losing out in their Champions League showdown with Manchester City on Monday, Tottenham have been handed a welcome boost after the news that Ledley King has made his return from injury.
The Spurs skipper completed the full 90 minutes in a 3-2 friendly victory over London rivals West Ham, partnering Sebastien Bassong in the centre of defence.
King has been out of action since October with a groin complaint - the latest in a long line of injuries to hold him back in his career.
However, during the 30-year-old's significant spell on the sidelines, William Gallas and Michael Dawson have formed an imposing partnership in the absence of their club captain.
Gallas has been lauded by Harry Redknapp as one of the signings of the season, having joined Spurs for nothing after being released by Arsenal last year.
The Frenchman, however, has ultimately been disappointed by his first season at White Hart Lane after missing out on a second successive campaign in Europe's premier club competition.
“When we play against the small teams, maybe we thought we had won before we played, so perhaps that’s the mistake we made,” said the 33-year-old.
“We dropped too many points against Blackpool, Wolves and West Ham. If we play a big team, like Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal, we know they will be very hard to beat, so we are ready for the fight. We made too many mistakes.
“I am sure all the players are very upset. You feel so good in the Champions League and get the chance to compete against the best in Europe. As we will not play in it next season, it will be difficult to watch on TV.”