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Clem aching to return

Posted on 22 March 2002  - 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).

Stephen Clemence has admitted he's 'aching' to get back into Premiership action before the end of the season.

The midfielder completed his third full reserve fixture against Arsenal on Thursday night after a seven-month stint on the sidelines.

"I'm aching to get back in there," said 'Clem' after the 4-1 defeat at Stevenage Borough. "I've had three and a half games and tonight was very demanding against Arsenal.

"It gave me the opportunity to do more running and I got through the game, so I'm getting closer. Obviously it's up to the manager to decide when he wants to put me back in the squad.

"I've missed seven months of the season and even if I'm not quite fit enough, I'm sure the adrenalin would give me little extra if I did get the chance.

"I'm itching to return. I don't want it to be a complete waste of a season for me but, as I said, it's up to the manager."

The 23-year-old impressed enough to win his place in the starting line-up for the first game of the season and he was playing well when a tackle in the third game at Blackburn Rovers left him with medial ligament damage in his knee.

That kept him out for three months and a subsequent groin problem kept him out until February.

"It's part and parcel of football," reasoned Clem. "It's gone now and I can't do anything about it.

"The main thing for me is that I had a bad knee injury and that is feeling fine. Perhaps the groin injury has been a blessing in disguide as it's given me even longer to strengthen the knee.

"Hopefully I'll get a few games before the end of the season but really I'm looking forward to next season."

Clem hinted at the sense of frustration the long-term injury victims have felt as the squad has become more and more stretched.

He added: "It's been well documented about the injuries and it would be a bonus for the manager to finally get some of the lads back.

"He probably could have done with us a couple of months ago as far as the squad situation is concerned. I'm not saying that we'd have changed the results but it's a long season and a lot of the players have had to play week in, week out."