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The Welshman has not featured for Spurs since being stretchered off with an ankle injury against Basel, but returns quicker than expected to boost his side's top-four hopes

Gareth Bale returns to the Tottenham starting XI as Andre Villas-Boas' men prepare to take on Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

Bale has not featured for Spurs since being stretchered off with an ankle injury against Basel on April 4, but has returned quicker than expected to boost his side's faltering top-four charge.

There is no such recovery for Aaron Lennon, however, who remains out with a hamstring injury which has also sidelined him since the Basel clash.

For Manchester City, Carlos Tevez partners Edin Dzeko in attack as Sergio Aguero is only fit enough for the bench, while David Silva also misses out with a hamstring knock.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Dembele, Parker; Dempsey, Bale, Sigurdsson; Adebayor.

Subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Holtby, Huddlestone, Livermore, Defoe.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko

Subs: Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Kolarov, Lescott, Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero.

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