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Great news on Gus!

Posted on 20 August 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).

Gus Poyet has undergone keyhole surgery on his knee and is confident of a playing return in four to six weeks.

The freescoring midfielder was unable to hide his delight on Monday at Spurs Lodge as he relayed the news that there are no further complications after the operation on his Meniscus and there is no cruciate damage.

This encouraging outcome is a far cry from reports that suggested Gus would be out of action for eight months and some extreme stories about his playing career being under threat. Gus explained that the original report leant very much towards the worst case scenario of cruciate damage and, as Glenn Hoddle insisted on Thursday, minor surgery was likely to be the solution.

"No cruciate, no medial ligament, no nothing! It was only a typical Meniscus injury - it happens in football," beamed Gus, who then recalled reading the reports of a lengthy injury absence.

"If it had happened three or four years ago I might have thought I didn't explain myself properly or that my English was poor.

"I think I was quite clear. I said it was a big decision because if I had one operation I could be out for one month to six weeks and if I had cruciate surgery it would be six to eight months.

"The next day in the papers it was 'Poyet out for eight months'. There were even worse things around the world, in Spain they reported that I was thinking of stopping playing football.

"It was quite funny, especially after having a little operation that means I will be out for four to six weeks.

"I had the operation last week to repair the Meniscus that was blocking my knee, especially with stretching. It was clear in there and apart from the Meniscus everything is fine."

Gus went on to explain that the success of the operation has cleared his mind of uncertainty and he cannot wait to get going again.

"The bad feelings in my head went away, so now I'm feeling confident again and just thinking about the recovery.

"I'm so pleased. I'm so pleased because there were too many things going around, also in my head. It doesn't matter if you're 20 or 34 - all you want to do is play football," added Gus, who reports that he can start light training very soon.

"When a cartilage is removed you have to wait a little while for another protective cover to grow. After five or six days you just get on with a normal recovery.

"Next week I will start running a little bit and every day a little bit more. With this kind of injury, after ten days it is already healed and you don't have to wait two months.

"I know a player in Spain who played just nine days after one of these operations, but we are all different. Normally, people say to you between four and six weeks."

By Richard Hubbard