Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has stated that young starlet Marcus Edwards has returned to first-team training and could well play a role in the FA Cup clash with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

The Spurs boss is a known admirer of the rising star and has compared the technically impressive player to Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi in the past.

The 18-year-old is a product of the Tottenham youth academy and is being tipped to follow in the footsteps of a host of other homegrown stars and become a first-team regular.

Edwards has spent time on the sidelines of late through injury, but Pochettino has given good news on the Camden-born starlet ahead of the game with Wycombe.

“Today was his first training session with the group and we’ll see,” the Spurs boss told the club’s official website.

“First of all we need to see him tomorrow and after that we’ll decide. It’s true that it’s a little bit far to the level of the group but it’s his first day today with the group, now he needs to build his fitness and try to achieve the same level as the whole group.”

Pochettino is expected to rotate his Spurs team for the visit of the Football League club, especially as the White Hart Lane men are back in action in the Premier League on Tuesday against Sunderland.

This could well offer Edwards a chance to play a role from the bench, with the teenager needing first-team football to help him reach his potential.


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