Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Caulker boost and AVB hits out

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Tottenham are preparing to welcome Steven Caulker back to their line-up for the Europa League clash with Lazio tomorrow night, after he missed the North London derby with a knee problem. The 20-year-old is expected to replace William Gallas who is being rested. However AVB will consider the risk of rushing him back to action, with a must-win Premier League game against West Ham at the weekend.

Andre Villas-Boas has taken a swipe at his former club Chelsea, who fired him in February of this year. The Spurs boss said: "At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office, That's my interpretation." Rafa Benitez, who was linked with the then-vacant Spurs position earlier this summer, has been confirmed as interim-coach at the Blues until the end of the season.

David Bentley says he is hoping to impress at Spurs when he returns to the club in January from his loan spell in Russia. Speaking to Talksport the winger was quick to praise AVB, and said he was treated fairly by the manager at the start of the season, and wants to make an impression before his contract expires in the summer. His loan spell will end in January.

Ghanaian winger Atsu, linked with a Spurs switch last month, is looking like slipping out of their grasp. It is being reported that the 20-year-old is about to pen a new contract at Porto, which would surely rule out a January or summer sale.

Kyle Walker says he is still 'hurt' by the North London derby defeat, and he is desperate for the club to bounce back with a positive result in Lazio tomorrow night. The right-back said: "We need to bounce back from the result at the weekend and give something back to the fans. I’m sure we’ll soon get through this difficult patch and be flying again.”

Former Spurs player Gary Mabbutt has spoken out on the 'Yid Army' chants from Tottenham fans which have attracted criticism from the Society of Black Lawyers. Mabbutt admits the situation is difficult, but says in his 16 years at Spurs he never once felt there was any hint of racism from the club's supporters.

On HITC Sport today, we ask how important Younes Kaboul could be to Spurs when he recovers from injury, and raise the debate of who should be Spurs' number one transfer target in the January transfer window.

And finally, the Independent takes a fascinating look back at former Spurs star Paul Gascoigne's Lazio days, which makes interesting reading for fans of the former England midfielder.

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