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Ben's agony

Posted on 22 March 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ben Thatcher admits battling back from a long-standing hip injury has been ‘soul destroying’.

Our charismatic full-back has been sidelined since the end of November.

His rehabilitation has recently consisted of rest and the lonely world of weights as the rest of his team-mates prepare for a massive FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

Ben filled us in on the latest. “I’ve been to see specialists and they’ve told me to rest to give it a chance to heal. I’ve been in just concentrating on doing weights.

“As far as I’m concerned I’m just resting to give it the best chance of healing properly so it is stronger for the future.

“The season has been a nightmare. Hopefully I’ll get over this, wipe the slate clean and start again.”

Normally the life and soul of the dressing room, Ben has noticeably looked a little down of late.

He sighed: “There comes a stage where you are coming in every day, doing the same thing, doing weights, in the gym on your own, it’s a bit soul destroying but I’m not the only footballer to get injured.

“You have to get on with it and hopefully you’ll come back and get involved again.”

He hopes that involvement comes sooner rather than later but in the meantime, he’s happy to see the club pushing for the chance of glory.

Ben added: “It’s pleasing to see the lads do so well because it’s my club and obviously I want them to do well.

“It’s just frustrating that you can’t be part of it. I’ve been going to the games and I was well pleased for the boys when we beat West Ham. It’s a tough game against Arsenal but if we get through that there is no reason why we can’t go on to win the FA Cup.”

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