Tottenham boost as Michael Dawson returns

Spurs boost as Dawson prepares for long-awaited return from achilles injury

Tottenham have been lifted by the return of Michael Dawson who will make his first appearance in over four months against Cheltenham.

The England international has been sidelined for the majority of the season by an achilles injury but line up against the League Two opposition in what is seen as a perfect opportunity to ease back into action.

He last played in the 5-1 thrashing by Manchester City in August and underwent surgery in November.

Welcome back: Michael Dawson will feature in the FA Cup tie against Cheltenham Town

Welcome back: Michael Dawson will feature in the FA Cup tie against Cheltenham Town

Dawson’s comeback is also good news for England manager Fabio Capello, who has given the centre-half four caps since his debut in August 2010.

Dawson is a natural stand-in for John Terry at Euro 2012 if the Chelsea captain is unavailable and his return also rules out a move for Bolton’s Gary Cahill by the club.

It is at Spurs where Dawson will be most welcome, though, with the news William Gallas and Sandro have both been sidelined by calf tears suffered during Tuesday's victory over West Brom.

Major blow: Dawson's return is off-set by Sandro's injury

Major blow: Dawson's return is off-set by Sandro's injury

The pair picked up the injuries in the 1-0 win at White Hart Lane but manager Harry Redknapp admits it is too early to speculate about a return date for either player.

'They both have tears,' Redknapp said. 'It’s difficult to know how long they will be out for.'

The likes of Sebastien Bassong, Giovani Dos Santos and Roman Pavlyuchenko will all start in a much-changed Tottenham side.