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The centre-back is yet to play under new manager Tim Sherwood after injuring an ankle against Fulham in December but could now face Manchester City on Wednesday

Jan Vertonghen is eager to force his way back into Tottenham's side after coming through an hour of a friendly against West Ham.

The defender has not featured for the first team since sustaining an ankle injury in the London derby victory at Fulham early last month.

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Vertonghen proved his fitness in a 3-0 win at Upton Park on Thursday alongside Paulinho, Sandro and Younes Kaboul, who are also closing in on returns, and is keen to play his part under new manager Tim Sherwood.

He told the club's official website: "I felt fine. I partnered with Younes, we had a strong team and it was just about the perfect game to come back in.

"I need a little more mobility and training but I played 60 minutes and I'm ready. I'm very happy to be out there again, happy to be back with the lads in the dressing room.

"We've won five of the last six, we're fifth in the table and we want to keep going.

"You always need competition for places to progress and everyone wants to play the next game."

Tottenham have won four Premier League games in a row but face a stern test when Manchester City visit next Wednesday.

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