Spurs skipper England set to make WSL return against Man Utd
Tottenham captain Bethany England is set to make her first appearance of the Women's Super League season in Sunday's home fixture with Manchester United.
England has not played competitively since she featured in the World Cup final for the Lionesses after she required minor surgery on her hip in September.
Spurs' top goalscorer last season returned to full training in November and also hit four goals in a friendly with Gibraltar last week to prove her fitness to head coach Robert Vilahamn.
The Spurs boss said: "Yes, Bethany will definitely be in the squad.
"Very much looking forward to using her as a player and leader. We are so happy to have her back.
"When I signed here and I knew we had Bethany England in the squad and then all of a sudden we need to do surgery on her, it was like, ‘woah we’re going to not have her for a lot of games’.
"But then other players stepped up and we performed quite well actually.
"Coming back into the squad, she has already been a part of it as a leader, but her leadership role is more effective on the pitch, so looking forward to bringing her to the field.
"She is a great footballer."
Spurs suffered a 7-0 thrashing to Manchester City before the international break, while Manchester United bounce back from their own loss to City to beat Bristol City.
It has kept United in fourth place but they are only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Manager Marc Skinner admitted: "I thought Manchester City were clinical, some really good finishes and some good build-up play, but actually it was never a 7-0 game, I didn’t feel.
"I just think it is going to be a tough game, we have to be at our very best."