FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
10am, Spurs Lodge
First of all, well done to the lads for last night's win against Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League. We could have been out of sight in the first half but showed plenty of character to hit back after they went ahead. It was a deserved win.
I’m certainly a lot happier than I was two weeks ago!
When I went to see the specialist two weeks ago I had an injection in my Achilles, there was a small tear and that ruled me out for a few weeks. I’ve had the boot on, done nothing for two weeks and it seems to be healing up well. I’ve got to get a lot of strength back in it now and I’m working hard in the gym.
You know your body and how it feels. I was confident before I went back to the specialist on Monday how it felt compared to two weeks ago. There is a big difference in the normal way of life, walking around, playing football.
I’m walking fine now, still a little way away from full training, but feel okay. I went up north to see the family for a few days when it was healing and it was nice to get home, but I’d rather have done that in different circumstances.
The lads have been fantastic after the first two games. We did well at Wolves, great performance against Liverpool and another great away win at Wigan. We looked comfortable in the first half, when they scored at the start of the second half it put us on the back foot a little, one goal can make all the difference. Credit to the lads, nine points out of nine and we now look forward to Arsenal on Sunday.
Arsenal is a special, special game, massive for fans and players. In recent years we’ve come out on top as well. In my first two or three years, they were always on top. Last season, we took four points off them and to win at the Emirates was special.
Look at the table and we want to get a win on Sunday to stay right up there in the mix. Emmanuel Adebayor will be up against his old club as well, I’m sure he will be up for it. He scored plenty for Arsenal against us!
You look at the players on show and it will always be a good game. Fingers crossed we’ll come out on top. I’ll be there and I’m looking forward to it.
Needless to say, I’d rather be playing, but injuries are part and parcel of football, but I’m on the mend and hopefully not too far away.