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Ben's summer pledge

Posted on 24 April 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 is willing to sacrifice chunks of his summer break to get fit in time for pre-season training. Our £5m full-back has been sidelined since November with nagging groin and hip problems.

Ben is near to completing his rehabilitation programme but insists he will not make an early return, even in a reserve team fixture, if he doesn’t feel 100 per cent right.

Instead, he is determined to be ready for pre-season training in July - even if that means working through the summer.

‘Thatch’ revealed: "I was told by the specialist to rest for six to eight weeks.

"I’ve done the six weeks now, gentle work, a lot of weights and strengthening exercises, I’ve had a little break, come back and for the last 10 days I’ve been jogging, just building it up, running backwards and touch wood, it’s well on the way to improving.

"My main aim to make sure I’m fit - everything else comes second that. I want to feel strong, feel fit and get it right in my mind that the injury has properly cleared up.

"There are three games left so realistically I’m not going to be involved in a first team game, perhaps the reserves, but I just want to make sure I’m fit and raring to go for the first day of pre-season and if that means training through the summer that’s what it will be.

"I think any professional would be the same and work morning and afternoon it that is what it takes."