Embattled Jol to unleash Lennon on Arsenal?

September 11, 2007

Manager Martin Jol is considering whether to unleash Aaron Lennon against Arsenal on Saturday as Tottenham look to turn around their dismal start to the season.

Lennon, 20, has been out of action since undergoing knee surgery at the end of last season and was close to a return against Fulham before the international break but did not feel 100%.

'He trained last week and is looking good, although he lacks a bit of match fitness so that's a decision we have to make,' said Jol.

Without Lennon, Spurs have won once in their five Premier League matches so far, with Fulham's last-minute equaliser at Craven Cottage adding to the misery.

Jol's position as manager has been under scrutiny after Spurs officials met Sevilla coach Juande Ramos, and the Dutchman has not been helped by a long list of injuries in his squad.

However, he has had Darren Bent (thigh), Anthony Gardner (groin) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) all training again.

'It's very positive news for us,' said Jol. 'Darren Bent is back and looked in good form. He did everything in training with us.

'Benoit and Anthony Gardner are also back and that gives us more options. I feel it's an exciting time for us.'

Centre-back Michael Dawson has also stepped up his return to full fitness from his ankle injury with an appearance for the reserves during the international break.

With Arsenal level on points at the top of the table, Jol hopes his players return on Thursday with no further problems after playing for their countries.

'First things first, we have to get all the players back from international duty so we can make an assessment, but it's the same for Arsenal,' Jol added.

'We've still five or six players who did all the training sessions last week, we had a good week with the lads who are here and we're all looking forward to it.'