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Iversen takes first step

Posted on 20 November 2001  - 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).

Steffen Iversen made his return from injury for the reserves against Fulham on Monday night and admitted to being slightly nervous of sustaining a bump on his repaired ankle.

Steff suffered ligament damage on international duty in September, an injury that completed a wretched run of luck for the striker in terms of long-running injury sagas.

He came through an hour at Broadhall Way before making way for Yannick Kamanan.

"Not bad," said Steff afterwards when asked how he felt. "I was still a little bit afraid when I got the ball, a little bit afraid to get a tackle on it. It will come along, it felt alright running and everything felt good, jumping was alright.

"I was just a little bit afraid to go in full, but it will come good with more training.

"It's just a little mental thing, it's still there and I can still feel it all the time, it's not 100 per cent right.

"You get a little bit scared of getting a knock on it or something and are a bit more careful than you should be - but you have to be in the beginning."

Steff says his all round fitness will improve now he should be able to adopt a regular training pattern.

"I feel quite good actually. It is how I've been training recently, doing two days then having a day's rest and treatment, then training another.

"Hopefully now I can start training every day and it will be alright. The fitness, in terms of running and that is good. I just need to get the confidence back and trust the leg."

If any one player deserves and change of luck and a run of good fortune where injuries are concerned, it's Steff, but he chooses not to dwell on past misfortune.

"I know, I know. I have to forget that and carry on with what I'm doing. I know I'm going to get another injury at some time in my career so I just have to make the most of it when I'm fit."

The lads in the changing room after the game joked that overturning a 1-0 deficit was due to Steff being withdrawn. The striker took that jibe on the chin.

"I didn't see what happened after so I don't know," he smirked.