Townsend makes comeback

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend could return to first-team action this weekend after a month out with injury.

The England World Cup hopeful scored a goal for Spurs' Under-21s on Tuesday in their 4-1 victory over Newcastle.

The 22-year-old has been out since before Christmas with a hamstring injury, suffered in the Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat to West Ham.

But he made an impressive impact at Bishop's Stortford on Tuesday afternoon in a match which had been postponed from Monday evening because of a waterlogged pitch.

Townsend set up the opening goal for Souleymane Coulibaly on 19 minutes, then added a second himself shortly afterwards when cutting inside from the left and also had a hand in Spurs' third goal before being replaced at half-time by Aaron McEneff.

Theo Walcott's season-ending injury makes Townsend's fitness a cause of real concern for England boss Roy Hodgson.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood is confident Townsend has the character to regain full match fitness and play his way into the England World Cup squad.

"Andros backs himself to be better than anyone else in the world, that is the sort of character he is. He needs to get himself fit and firing again and I am sure you will see the best of it," said Sherwood.

"I have known him since he was a kid and he is a good lad. He is a top trainer and he wants to be playing in every minute of every game, but he will get his opportunities and I am sure he will be productive between now and the end of the season for us."