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Kyle Naughton nearing fitness faster than expected

Ian Walton

Despite fears that Kyle Naughton could be out through November with an ankle injury, Mauricio Pochettino has delivered some excellent news on the Tottenham Hotspur right back. On the official club website, Pochettino claimed that Naughton will have a chance to be in the squad for Thursday's Europa League match against Asteras Tripolis.

"Kyle Naughton is getting better and perhaps he will have the possibility to be in the squad for the next game."

While we'll miss Kyle2 for the Manchester City game at the weekend, this is great news. With Kyle Walker still out for a while and both Ryan Fredericks and DeAndre Yedlin on loan, right back is ultra-thin at the moment. Eric Dier will start in that spot on Saturday, and he's been very streaky, mixing great performances with very bad ones at right back.

There was also a note on Kyle1, though it doesn't include any kind of timetable.

"Kyle Walker is still recovering from his injury but he's doing okay, he's started to run and that's good news. He improves every day but it's important not to rush him because most the important thing is a full recovery after surgery."

We heard earlier that he'd be back around the time we play Chelsea in December, and if he's just started light training now, that seems like a pretty realistic target.

So, everyone can stop panicking, if that's what you were doing before. We'll have a real right back by next week and two of them by December.