Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon facing race to prove fitness to Fabio Capello

16 February 2010 06:10
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was encouraged last week as Lennon does not require an operation on his groin injury, commenting that "he's running like Linford Christie", but the 22-year-old is still in the rehabilitation stage of his comeback and has not yet joined in full training with his first-team colleagues.

It is understood Lennon is not included in plans for the Premier League trip to Wigan's DW Stadium on Sunday, when Redknapp's side face the team they defeated 9-1 earlier in the season.

 Related ArticlesTerry: I want to reach 100 England capsCapello frets over Rooney burdenBridge wants England placeAshley Cole to undergo surgeryMancini: Bridge committed to playing for EnglandSport on televisionIt means Lennon only has the FA Cup fifth-round replay against Bolton the following Wednesday as a possible appearance before Fabio Capello names his squad for the Egypt clash on March 3 at Wembley, England's final game before the domestic season ends and attention turns to World Cup 2010.

Capello is scheduled to choose his squad the day before Spurs face Everton, so Lennon could still feature and he will be desperate to impress after catching the attention of the Italian earlier in the campaign and playing in England's final three qualifiers.

Since Lennon's injury, suffered in the victory over West Ham at the end of December, Spurs have won just one league game and have slipped out of the top four, although they remain in the FA Cup.

They would have sealed a place in the quarter-finals of the competition if Tom Huddlestone had converted a penalty against Bolton at the weekend, the fourth time this season Spurs have failed from the spot. It is understood players have practised penalties on their return to training.

Meanwhile, according to reports in Ukraine, Redknapp has been monitoring Shakhtar Donetsk's Croatia winger Darijo Srna.

Source: Telegraph