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Glad to be back

Posted on 4 August 2010  - 12:00

Ledley King was in a positive frame of mind after his first friendly action of the summer at Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.

Glad to be back

Ledley King was in a positive frame of mind after his first friendly action of the summer at Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.

The club captain returned to action for our Spurs XI team and played the first 45 minutes as we ran out 1-0 winners at Portman Road.

Ledley, who returned to pre-season training last week after an extended break for the World Cup, was rarely troubled in his 45-minute stint as we played well against Roy Keane's Championship side. Roman Pavlyuchenko hit the winner in the second half.

He's now targeting more game time in our final pre-season friendly against Italian side Fiorentina at the Lane on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

"It's always great to get those first 45 minutes under your belt," said Ledley. "Things have gone well so far in pre-season and it's a nice touch to get out there and do that work.

"I've had some good training sessions and we didn't want to push the game too early, so it's ideal to get out there, play 45 minutes and hopefully now I'll play some part against Fiorentina on Saturday and look to build up for the start of the season."

Ledley admitted that a key opening week of the 2010-11 campaign was looming large with just Fiorentina to go before the big kick-off against Manchester City on August 14.

We then go into the club's biggest matches for years - the Champions League play-off with legs on August 17/18 and 24/25.

We also face the tough trip to Stoke on August 21 and Wigan at home on August 28 in a busy opening fortnight.

"The season has certainly come around quickly, especially for the lads who were at the World Cup," added Leds.

"One more friendly and as many training sessions as we can fit in and we're back into it. The important thing is that we're ready for City.

"Fiorentina will be a good game. We never read too much into the results and the main thing is always not to pick up many injuries and for the team to gel.

"I'm sure the manager will look to try a few things out as well, so it's important in that respect, but the result doesn't really matter too much, although we want to win every game we play. What's important is that we do the right things."

As for the Champions League, the waiting is almost over as everyone connected with Spurs gets ready for the play-off draw on Friday.

That includes our longest-serving player. "It's seems like it's been forever coming, so we all look forward to seeing who we'll actually be playing," added Ledley.

"As I said, the most important thing is that we're fully prepared going into that game, whoever we play against. It's a massive game for the club and I'm sure we'll be ready for it whoever we play."