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Aaron Lennon leads the list of Tottenham players edging towards full fitness ahead of the clash at Fulham tomorrow as the club look to turn around their poor start to the campaign.

Lennon is expected to play some part at Craven Cottage after missing the start of the season as he recovered from knee surgery, while Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul are also back in contention following respective ankle and hamstring problems.

The return of Lennon also gives England boss Steve McClaren welcome news ahead of the Euro 2008 qualification double-header starting next week, with injuries to David Beckham and Kieron Dyer complicating his options on the right flank.

'He's had three very good days of training after his period of rehab,' said Spurs assistant boss Chris Hughton. 'He has looked sharp and the priority is that he puts himself in a position to play for us.

'There are players that you rule out completely that will not be involved, we haven't ruled him out. We have to make a decision over the next couple of days.'

Striker Darren Bent, who missed England's friendly defeat to Germany with a thigh problem, is also back in contention for the Fulham clash.

Jermain Defoe was an unused substitute against Germany but his future at White Hart Lane has been uncertain over the last week since boss Martin Jol called on him to sign a new contract to show his commitment to the club.

Spurs are wary of the striker running his contract down as Sol Campbell did, and Jol admitted that a bid would put them in a tricky position. Hughton also wants Defoe to sign a new deal.

'He is very much a part of the squad we have,' he said. 'He is a quality player and an integral part of what we are trying to achieve here. From the club's point of view we want him here.'