Robbie Keane will return to Tottenham Hotspur to train with Andre Villas-Boas’ side this winter, the north London club have announced.
The LA Galaxy forward enjoyed two spells at the club between 2002-2008 and again between 2009-2011, where he made 238 appearances, finding the back of the net on 93 occasions. The Republic of Ireland captain will train with the club as he bids to improve his fitness in time for the upcoming MLS campaign, but will not feature for the club in any games.
Spurs are experiencing somewhat of a striker shortage due to Emmanuel Adebayor’s decision to join up with his Togo teammates and represent his nation in the African Cup of Nations. Spurs have been linked with moves for Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao and Spaniard Alvaro Negredo, but it would appear Villas-Boas has no plans to add to that area of his squad this month.
Keane made a return to the Premier League during the MLS off-season during last year’s Premier League campaign, making six appearances for Aston Villa, scoring three goals.
But despite the success of his last loan spell, Keane has maintained he will use his time off to keep fit and not overexert himself after a busy year for the Irishman.
"It's been a long season, with the Euros and what have you,” Keane previously said. “I've a few little niggles that need to be sorted out so I don't think at this moment in time it would be right for me to go anywhere,"