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'I'm ready' - JD

Posted on 1 May 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is champing at the bit and ready to explode back into action.

'I'm ready' - JD

Jermain Defoe is champing at the bit and ready to explode back into action.

The livewire striker admits he's ‘like a schoolboy' and can't wait to get back doing what he loves the most - scoring goals for Spurs in the Premier League.

After 10 weeks out with a foot injury, fans favourite ‘JD' returned as a substitute in the 1-0 win against Newcastle United a fortnight ago.

"It was the first time I'd missed games and been injured for any length of time," he reflected at Spurs Lodge after training on Friday.

"I couldn't sleep the night before I was back in full training. It was the Monday leading up to Newcastle and I was up at seven o'clock in the morning. I was so excited to be back.

"I'd watched the games before Newcastle and I wanted so much to be involved. To wake up that morning and go training was great because it's so hard when you are missing out through injury.

"You can imagine what I was like - I couldn't wait to get back. The fans reaction when I returned against Newcastle and to get on meant a lot to me."

Everything looked in place for JD to take his place in the squad in the big one against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

But then he was hit by something much harder than a football injury.

Jermain's half-brother, Jade, died in hospital last Friday after suffering serious head injuries in an assault earlier that week.

"My mum turned up at the training ground and because I'm so close to my mum and my family, I knew instantly something was wrong," he said.

"She didn't have to say a word, I knew. I got the news and went straight to the hospital. It wasn't a nice experience but it was one I'll never forget.

"All my family were at his bedside and it was hard, as you can imagine. It's hard to put into words how I felt but I'm glad I was there.

"When things like that happen it puts everything else into perspective," Jermain continued. "The things you thought were really important, the most important things in life, you realise they are not.

"My brother will always be in my thoughts and in my heart and I'm sure this will make me stronger and appreciate everything in life."

Jermain then made a point of thanking Spurs fans for all their messages of condolence.

"I received a lot of cards, letters and messages from Spurs fans and that's something special as well, so I'd like to thank them all. The Club has been so supportive. It's been tough but I've had good people around me and that's helped."

JD could well be back in the frame to face West Brom following an injury to Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko's recent back problems ruling him out of the games against Newcastle and United.

"I'm ready," he stated. "If I manage to start it would be great but I just want to get out there and do my stuff.

"It's a big game. West Brom are a good side, we've watched videos and they pass the ball well. It should be a good footballing match.

"They are fighting for the points but we've done so well from where we were and we want to kick-on and try for that European spot."