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Ryan Mason back for Spurs after ankle knock

Published 24/12/2015

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Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason is available for Saturday's match at home to Norwich after he recovered from an ankle injury.

Mason has not played in almost a month but returned to training this week and is in contention for the clash at White Hart Lane.

Danny Rose is also back after missing last weekend's win over Southampton through illness but Alex Pritchard remains out with an ankle problem.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to prioritise targets already playing in England when the transfer window opens next month.

Spurs are keen to sign a striker to provide cover for Harry Kane, who has scored 11 goals already this season but remains Pochettino's only genuine centre-forward.

The Argentine maintains Son Heung-min, Nacer Chadli and Clinton Njie could step in if needed but they are all more comfortable as attacking midfielders - and Njie is now expected to be out until March with a knee injury.

His absence means Tottenham are likely to step up their search for another striker but Pochettino says he would prefer a player ready-made for English football.

"Always it is difficult to bring in players from outside [England]," Pochettino said.

"For them to adapt in the Premier League, to the culture, the language - it is difficult to bring in players from outside. You need to take the right profile.

"I prefer to take players from England first. If we have the option to take players from here, I prefer it - from the Premier League, or the Championship or League One."

Norwich boss Alex Neil says his side's impressive win over Manchester United last week will count for nothing if they don't build on it.

The Canaries registered a 2-1 victory over out-of-sorts United last week for their first success at Old Trafford since 1989 and they moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone as a result.

Neil's side travel to Tottenham on Boxing Day and the 34-year-old knows there is still a long way to go if they are going to survive in the League.

"It's pleasing because we have played well in the last few games and maybe not picked up a lot of points so the fact that we played well in that game and picked up three points means a lot to the players," he said.

"It's not going to mean anything if we don't kick-on and pick up more results.

"There is no point us going to Old Trafford and getting three points from a really difficult venue and then under-performing in the games coming up which are going to be really important to us.

"So we are looking to try and build a bit of momentum and I think the players have a good belief they can take into the next few games."

Neil's side face a Tottenham team who sit in fourth in the table and have only lost one game in the league since September.

Neil knows that they are a strong side to compete against but believes his team have what it takes.

"They have good players but like everyone they have to perform and that's the hard part," he added.

"What they have got is they have a good manager who has got them well organised and they believe in what he is trying to do.

"I think Tottenham are in a good vein of form, I know they lost against Newcastle but apart from that they have been in good form so we need to try and influence the game as much as we can.

"I think this league this season has been unpredictable.

"Tottenham have a good settled squad and if they can keep everybody fit they will certainly be near the top come Easter.

"I don't need to remind the players they are capable of winning at Tottenham because they know they are."

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