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Jol hails return of the King

Tottenham have been boosted by the return of captain Ledley King for on Saturday's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

King has missed the club's opening three games while recovering from surgery on his knee but coach Martin Jol confirmed the England international will play against United.

However, King's return is tempered by the probable loss of £10.8million striker Dimitar Berbatov. He is almost certain to miss out with a groin strain suffered on international duty with Bulgaria.

Jol said: 'Berbatov is probably out with a groin injury but Ledley is fit. If he is still fit on Saturday, he will play.'

Jol also confirmed that new signing Steed Malbranque has undergone surgery to cure a long-term hernia problem.

Malbranque, who joined the club from Fulham for £2million on deadline day, will now be out of action for two months after opting to go under the knife to cure the long-standing ailment.

Jol added: 'He will be out for about seven to eight weeks. It was his decision to take the longer lay-off to get himself sorted, it was what we talked about when we signed him.'

Berbatov's absence means there is a real chance that new-look Egyptian striker Mido will be given the chance to shine in attack for the first time since sealing a permanent move to White Hart Lane.

Mido, who enjoyed an 18-month loan spell at Spurs, returned to Roma in the summer while the Barclays Premiership side attempted to thrash out a deal with the Italians.

While back in Italy, Mido seized the opportunity to work on his fitness after missing the last few games of the season through injury.

The transformation has been astonishing with Mido shedding 22lbs and looking meaner and leaner than ever.

He is now hoping to secure the services of a personal trainer in a bid to keep his weight down this season.

Mido revealed: 'It was important for me to lose weight. I knew that and I went home and worked on it.

'Now it's my job to keep fit because unfortunately at the end of last season I got injured and didn't play the last five or six games.

'I gained weight because that is my body - if I don't train, I gain weight

even if I eat normally. So now I am happy that I'm fit. I worked hard for it and now I have to stay fit until the end of the season.

'I have lost about 10 kilos and I am talking to a Brazilian trainer who will help the medical staff here keep me fit all season.

'I asked Spurs permission if they would allow me to have a special trainer who can help me to keep fit all the season and I will pay for him myself. 'Last season (the trainer) was in Monaco for five or six months working with Brazilian defender Maxwell, so I hope it will be easy for him to come to England.

'I don't have an agreement with him yet but I am hopeful we can work out a programme. It won't affect my physical power. I did not want to lose any muscle I was just working on losing the things that my body does not need.'