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David Bentley named in Spurs squad for title run-in

Bentley, Dawkins and Khumalo named in Tottenham squad for title run-in

David Bentley could make a shock return for Tottenham after he was named
in the club's 25-man squad for the Premier League title run-in.

Bentley was shipped out on loan to
West Ham last summer after being told he was not part of manager Harry
Redknapp's first-team plans.

Back in: David Bentley was a surprise inclusion in Spurs squad

Back in: David Bentley was a surprise inclusion in Spurs squad

That spell came to a premature end in October, however, when he suffered a serious knee injury which required an operation.

It was feared that the injury could keep the winger out for the rest of the season, but he now could feature for Tottenham after being named in the 25-strong group which was submitted to the Premier League on Thursday.

Bentley has failed to live up to the hype that surrounded his 15million move from Blackburn four years ago and spent last season on loan at Birmingham, where he was considered only a fringe player after failing to impress then Blues manager Alex McLeish.

Ryan Nelsen completed his free transfer in time to be included in Tottenham's squad, which lists all the players allowed to play for the first team for the rest of the campaign, and fellow new boy Louis Saha also features.

Second chance: Defender Bongani Khumalo also makes the cut

Second chance: Defender Bongani Khumalo also makes the cut

Forward Simon Dawkins, whose only first-team game for Tottenham came in November 2008, also makes the cut.

The 24-year-old spent 2011 on loan at American side San Jose Earthquakes after being re-signed by Tottenham last March.

He had previously been released from his contract in 2009 after a series of injury problems.

South Africa centre-back Bongani Khumalo had his season-long loan at Reading cancelled last month after failing to break in to the Royals' first team, but he is included on Tottenham's list after Redknapp chose to allow defenders Sebastien Bassong and Vedran Corluka leave the club on Tuesday night.