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The 27-year-old centre-back underwent knee surgery in August and has been unavailable since then, but his return to action provides a huge boost to Spurs' top four hopes

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul stepped up his return with an hour-long appearance for the club's Under-21 team on Monday night.

The France international started the reserve clash against Spurs' London rivals West Ham and was replaced by Jack Barthram with 60 minutes on the clock.

The centre-back has made just one senior appearance under Andre Villas-Boas so far, playing 90 minutes in Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on the opening day of the season.

Following that game, it was decided that the defender would undergo surgery on the knee problem which caused him to miss Euro 2012.

“He wasn’t feeling a lot of confidence in the stability of the knee,” Villas-Boas said at the time.

“He’s a massive player. He’s also a player in the dressing room that we cherish a lot because he’s a big big personality.”

The initial prognosis was that Kaboul would return within three to four months, but his rehabilitation took considerably longer.

As such, no risks have been taken with his recovery, but his return to action could see him involved in Spurs’ match against Manchester City on April 21.

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