LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Gareth Bale returns to the starting line-ups for Tottenham for today’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
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Bale, who missed Tottenham’s last two games with an ankle ligament injury, plays alongside Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson in midfield, but there was no place for winger Aaron Lennon.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayor leads the attack for Tottenham against his former club with Jermain Defoe starting on the bench today.
Manchester City, in the meantime, looking to make up grounds on leaders Manchester United, made five changes to the team that edged Wigan 1-0 at home in midweek.
Striker Sergio Aguero, who was dropped to the bench and midfield playmaker David Silva, who is out completely, are not in the starting team, but Carlos Tevez, who netted the winner against Wigan, and Edin Dzeko both start.
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Tottenham v Manchester City Teams
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Sigurdsson, Dembele, Parker, Bale, Dempsey, Adebayor.
Subs: Friedel, Huddlestone, Naughton, Defoe, Holtby, Livermore, Caulker.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko.
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Sinclair, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Aguero, Kolo Toure.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)