Tottenham captain Ledley King is on the verge of making a return to training after missing the last three games with a bruised left foot.
The 26-year-old, who struggled with a knee injury earlier in the season, was rested as a precaution following the Boxing Day win over Aston Villa and Spurs have not won since.
'I'll be back soon and it is improving quickly,' he said. 'It was building up gradually, just a feeling at the sole of my foot that wasn't right.
'It is something I have felt before and I knew what would happen next. I spoke to the physios, went for a scan and it was right that I rested when I did.
'I've been working in the gym with weights and on the bike and it has been all right.
'There are plenty of good games to be involved in and everyone in the squad wants to play. Competition for places is fierce, which is good and keeps everyone on their toes.
'There is a lot to look forward to at the moment and players who are out want to get back as soon as possible.'
Calum Davenport and Anthony Gardner have provided cover for King and Michael Dawson at centre-back, but Spurs have also been linked with a move for West Brom defender Curtis Davies as the club look to improve on their current seventh place in the Premiership.
However, a possible move for Fabricio Coloccini does not appear possible after the Argentina centre-back declared himself ready to fight for his Deportivo La Coruna place.
'I am happy at Deportivo and I want to stay here,' said Coloccini on www.skysports.com. 'I am not going to change to another team at this moment, it's too soon and if I can stay, (that is) better.'
Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has stepped up his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.
'I've started long-distance running and running side-to-side, the short, sharp movements, twisting and turning,' said Jenas on the club's website.
'I started that at a low intensity on Saturday, tried again on Tuesday and it's feeling a lot better.'
The England midfielder has been out for a month since sustaining the injury against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, missing the return to his former club Newcastle.
Despite his progress, he will also miss the Magpies' visit to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
'I was looking forward to the game at Newcastle from the start of the season but an injury comes along and it's something you can't control,' he added.
'I'll miss it again on Sunday and that's one of the things I've had to deal with.
'It's not been easy, I go to the matches but I'm not a great watcher of games when I'm out, full-stop.
'It's been great to see the lads pick up points in the league and continue to do well in the cups, and I'm eager to get back involved again. I'll be there for the second half of the season.'