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Tottenham Hotspur boosted as Victor Wanyama takes part in training

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16.

Tottenham have received a significant boost after Victor Wanyama joined in part of first-team training for the first time since August.

Kenya midfielder Wanyama has not played since the opening two games of the season due to a knee problem, but joined part of an outdoor training session on Tuesday as he continues his rehabilitation.

This week's games against Brighton on Wednesday and leaders Manchester City on Saturday will come too soon for Wanyama, who has been training alone since last month.

But his return is good news for Spurs, who have five games remaining this year and three fixtures in five days at the start of January.

They are already without Toby Alderweireld until at least next month, and the centre-back's absence has exacerbated that of Wanyama because Eric Dier has been needed in defence.

On Saturday, members of the Tottenham fan club in Machakos, a small town south-west of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, took to the streets wearing shirts bearing images of Wanyama's face to wish the national team captain well.

They walked behind a car carrying a big sign that read: "Wanyama, get well soon."

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.

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