3 Feb 2012

Nelsen could get first start for Spurs next week

6:35 am on 3 February 2012

Ryan Nelsen has completed a free transfer to Tottenham after Blackburn cancelled his contract and could get his first start for the north London club next week.

The 31-year-old New Zealand defender has played only once since April last year due to a knee injury - in Rovers' 3-1 loss to Aston Villa in August.

Blackburn cancelled their club captain's contract on Tuesday following seven years at the club.

Spurs have announced it has completed his signing after receiving international clearance.

Despite his recent injury problems, Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond says Nelsen will be in the Tottenham squad for Tuesday morning's Premier League game at Liverpool.

Bond says Nelsen is fit and eligible to play and is looking forward to the challenge.