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Gus counting the days

Posted on 8 October 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 is aiming for a Premiership return against Bolton - but knows it will be difficult breaking back into the team.

The midfielder completed his first competitive 90 minutes of the season in our reserve team's goalless draw against Watford in the FA Premier Reserve League on Monday night.

Gus has been out since a knee problem he initially felt after scoring twice in a friendly against Gillingham in July.

Some reports at the time said that he could miss the rest of the season - a couple even suggested his career was over - but he only required minor surgery and, eight weeks on, he's desperate to get out there again.

He looks set to play for the reserves at West Ham next Tuesday and hopes to be back at the Lane for the Tottenham Tribute Match on Thursday week, October 17. Bolton follow three days later.

Gus certainly looked his usual self against Watford, working from box to box and on the end of a couple of chances - in fact, he apologised later for not scoring!

He said afterwards: "I had the the chance to play 90 minutes tonight, fantastic, we have another reserve game against West Ham next Tuesday and then I hope to play a little against DC United, so that is perfect for me.

"I have plenty of work in the next two weeks. I'll keep going, try to get fit in training and hopefully I'll be ready for Bolton. There are a lot of players hoping to come back against Bolton - it will be a big day!

"The first thing for me is to show the manager that I am fit and ready to play but we all know it will be difficult to get back into the team because we are doing well."