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Freund ready and waiting

Posted on 4 September 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).

Steffen Freund has declared himself ready for first team action after playing a full game for the reserves against Southampton on Tuesday evening.

The midfield enforcer, out since January with cruciate ligament damage, says he is ready to put 'positive pressure' on the boss to speed his return.

Steffen was his usual hard working and combative self at Stevenage and was delighted, not only to come through unscathed, but also with the win against an experienced Saints outfit.

"I'm very pleased to play 90 minutes for the first time after nearly eight months," said the German. "To win 2-0 is also nice because it is good to win a game when you come back.

"The youngsters played very well and made it easy for me."

Steffen added that there was never any doubt in his mind that he would complete the whole game.

"For me it was the plan. I played last week for 60 minutes and now I have to play 90. I can't wait anymore because I'm ready to play and that's why you have to try.

"If not, then you wait and wait and wait. I am ready now to play and that's what I have to do because it is my job."

The depressing sight of Steffen limping out of Stamford Bridge in January seems a long time ago now, during which he endured the torturous rehabilitation programme that goes with cruciate operations.

His next objective is to wave his fist in his customary manner at the White Hart Lane crowd.

"I was sure that the day would come. This is the last step before I can join the squad at White Hart Lane.

"This is my dream for the next few weeks. Now I am ready to play for the first team but the rest is up to the manager. I will give him positive pressure now because I am ready to play.

"I look forward to it because it is a wonderful place to play football and I missed it a lot in the last eight months."

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