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Gardner chases Cardiff cut

Posted on 14 February 2002  - 12:00

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Anthony Gardner reports that he is on the way back and is targeting a place for the big one in Cardiff.

The cultured central defender has been missing since the semi-final triumph over Chelsea with an injury to be back of his knee, but is now ready to return to training.

"The injury is fine," Said Anthony. "I went to see somebody about it on Monday to make sure it was alright to get back into training some time this week. It feels fine."

Despite suffering the blow, Anthony managed to complete the joyous 90 minutes that will long be remembered by Spurs fans.

"It was Jimmy Floyd who fell on my leg, and my knee hyper-extended and I damaged the back of it. I thought it was something else and when I got up I could run so I realised it wasn't so serious.

"I managed to get through the game, but afterwards it was no good. I had a scan it it showed I had done some damage to the back of my knee."

It was a further blow to the former Port Vale player who has already battled back from one lengthy injury absence this season.

"It's sometimes the way it happens, you get an injury, come back and then get another one. It sets you back a bit, but this is only a little setback really and hopefuly I'll get back to the way I was playing and get back in the team."

Tony says that he hopes to be in contention for Sunday's FA Cup encounter with Tranmere Rovers at the Lane.

"Hopefully yeah. The gaffer might decide not to put me in because I've not really trained for two, nearly three weeks now. I think it might just be training this week to get my fitness back up.

"I'll be training next week to see if I can get selected for the final, which I would like to play in," he added with no hint of understatement, while understanding that every player shares his wish.

"No different. I had a taste of it in the semi and know how good that was. I want to play in the final for the atmosphere and to be playing with all the other lads. If I get that chance or don't, hopefully there will always be other chances."

With Dean Richards cup-tied Tony is likely to be at the forefront of Glenn's thoughts for Cardiff.

"I don't see why not. I can do a job and hopefully I'll get the chance to play. I would need a game before that I would have thought, but there are not many games. There's only the Tranmere one at the weekend and I don't know if I'll be playing - I'll have to see what his thoughts are on that."

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