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Great to be back - Luka

Posted on 9 December 2009  - 12:00

Luka Modric says he can't wait to step out in first team colours again after returning from injury on Tuesday.

Great to be back - Luka

Luka Modric says he can't wait to step out in first team colours again after returning from injury on Tuesday.

The midfield maestro played 70 minutes as we beat Grays Athletic 5-2 in a training ground friendly at Spurs Lodge.

It was Luka's first match action since fracturing his fibula against Birmingham City back in August.

Manager Harry Redknapp, who watched every minute from the touchline and Development Coach Clive Allen were both delighted with Luka's performance and the Croatian star was all smiles afterwards.

"I feel good," said Luka. "I didn't feel any pain and that's the most important thing. It's great to be back and I'm happy. It's a relief after three months.

"I can't wait to play again. The last three months have been hard but that's behind me now and I feel happy and relieved. I will take it step by step and I'll have to see now when the manager decides to put me back in the squad."

Luka admitted the injury - the first serious injury of his career - was a huge blow.

As well as ruling him out of action for Spurs, it meant he missed key World Cup qualifying matches for Croatia and could do nothing as they suffered the heartbreak of missing out on a play-off spot by finishing third in their group behind England and Ukraine.

"When I found out what the injury was it was devastating for me," he reflected. "It was my first major injury and it was difficult to accept, but I had to.

"Now it's behind me and I need to look forward. I'm just happy to be back."

Luka returns to the fold with the team sitting in a healthy fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.

He added: "We have a great team, a great squad, lots of quality players and that is good for the club. We have plenty of options and that's positive. I hope we can keep it going."