Date: 10th August 2019 at 11:00am
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Ben Davies has ‘returned to training’ and is said to be building up his fitness ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League opener with Aston Villa, the club confirmed on Twitter. The 26-year-old may not be ready to start on Saturday, so Danny Rose could get the nod at left-back – just days after he nearly left Spurs.

Davies is still recovering from surgery on a groin problem over the summer, but his return to the matchday squad may not be far away. The Welsh international is back with the first-team and now has to get himself match-ready before Mauricio Pochettino will include him. The Villa meeting came too soon.

The left-back’s groin surgery from June kept him out of action in pre-season. Davies hasn’t played a single minute of football throughout the summer, but he can rest assured about his place in the squad upon his return. Tottenham extended his deal in July, and it was cited that he would be first-choice in 2019/20.

Rose could deputise until he’s ready to return, but Davies has a big chance to nail down the spot on a permanent basis. He made 40 appearances in all competitions last season.

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