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Don't forget Fergie!

Posted on 4 May 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).

Steven Ferguson has had his big season blighted by injury. The 19-year-old Scot - who turns 20 next week - joined the club from East Fife in December 2000 and was relishing his first full campaign at the Lane.

It hasn't quite panned out as he would have hoped after an encouraging pre and early season, during which he was on the fringes of the first team squad.

Since that time, Fergie has suffered a catalogue of woe with one setback coming hard on the heels of the previous one.

"It's been one injury after another," reflected the striker. "First my left thigh got injured, then my right thigh went when I played a game against Fulham.

"After that I played a couple of games then got an abscess that kept me out for three weeks. I played a couple more games and did the back of my knee.

"It's been really annoying, but hopefully I'm back now for the rest of the season and will get a couple of games and a few goals."

Fergie's knee injury kept him out of action for some four and a half weeks and only now is he back in Colin Calderwood's reserve pool.

"In the first two weeks I thought it would be alright. I came back to training and turned and it went again. I had more intense physiotherapy and it's healed now."

So it's all been a very frustrating time for the young forward who was desperately seeking to make his mark this term. He does, however, claim to feel sharper now than before.

"It's my first full season at Tottenham. I thought I was doing really well at the start of the season and was getting in the first team squads, playing reserve games and scoring goals - then the injuries hit.

"The left thigh was the first injury I've had in my whole career. It was quite hard to cope with at first then the right thigh happened. It's been really frustrating, but now that I'm back I actually feel sharper than I was before I had the injuries, which is good.

"I had my hopes this season. I worked really hard out in La Manga with the first team and played in a few friendlies with the first team squad and scored a couple of goals.

"I thought 'could this be it?'. I was in and out of the squad, although I wasn't getting on the bench. I thought that he (Glenn) at least has faith in me to put me in the squad.

"The the injuries came and it has been tough since then. I feel that the injuries might have made me a better character, I reckon."

He now insists he will redouble his efforts to be in the frame next season.

"Next season I will work double hard. I want to play games and score goals and hopefully stay here longer."

His injuries put paid to Steven taking the Matthew Etherington route to gaining further experience with a loan move, but he says it could be a possibility for next season.

"Ten clubs came in for me for a loan, but then the injuries happened. I came back and they came in again and then the abscess struck me. I just couldn't play.

"I won't get a loan now. What could happen next season is I could either start here and then go for three months on loan or, if possible, go straight out on loan like Defoe did at West Ham.

"It's obviously up to the club to decide. The timing around Christmas when I was going to go out, the gaffer didn't want me to go because of injuries."

Returning to form could also bring added benefit to Steven, with new national team manager Berti Vogts pledging to give youth a chance. Steven feels the under-21s could be a realistic target.

"They've been to watch me but I've been injured. Now the new manager has come in with new staff, I haven't played for them to see me. Hopefully the next time they meet up I'll be playing well and get a wee shout.

"He said he's going to put faith in youngsters, and if he does that with the first team there will be more space in the under-21s. That is my first aim, getting in the under-21s.

"I'm looking forward to it. Playing for your country is a good honour for yourself.

"It's just getting the games really. Playing, doing well, enjoying your football and getting back into winning things. And, of course, goals. I'm a striker - it's my job."

By Richard Hubbard