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Christian ready and waiting

Posted on 29 October 2003  - 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).

Christian Ziege has declared himself fit and ready for Carling Cup selection against West Ham if called upon.

The German international has completed three 90-minute stints in recent reserve games and was a member of the squad for Sunday's encounter with Middlesbrough.

Without a competitive start since Boxing Day, the elegant wing-back now feels ready to grace the first team stage once again after twice undergoing thigh surgery.

"I 'm fantastic at the moment, I feel fit and feel really, really good and I think the next step is the first team," he reported at Spurs Lodge.

"I've played three full games for the reserves and each one was a step further for me. In the last game against Wimbledon I felt really good and in training afterwards - I now feel 100 per cent fine.

"I don't care what fixture it is, I just want to get back and play. As I've said before, I am happy to be back on the pitch and, if I am there against West Ham, I will enjoy it."

Christian suspects that West Ham will present a stiff challenge to our Carling Cup ambitions and reveals a particular admiration for striker Jermaine Defoe.

"They have good players, especially Defoe - he is a fantastic striker. He is still young, has so many things to give and we have to be aware of that.

"West Ham are still a strong side. I saw them in the previous round against Cardiff where they were 2-0 down and came back to win with a Defoe hat-trick. It will be tough game and I like it like that."

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