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JJ SEEKS GAIN FROM PAIN

Posted on 5 June 2006  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas believes the final day hurt of missing out on fourth spot will fuel determination and drive the team further forward next season.

Jermaine Jenas believes the final day hurt of missing out on fourth spot will fuel determination and drive the team further forward next season.

The midfielder was, of course, missing for the last three games of the campaign, making him a frustrated onlooker when the seasonal trail reached its conclusion at Upton Park. Thankfully, JJ is now fit and well after his shin problem and a member of the England party that will soon be seeking World Cup success in Germany.

He admitted that picking up a potentially serious injury at that stage in the season was a scary prospect, with our crucial run-in and probably the greatest show on earth in the offing.

"It did scare me, I was desperate to be involved in the latter stage of the season and there were some big games I missed out on," reflected the goalscorer in the B international against Belarus.

"On the other hand, it was important for me to get my fitness back to give me the chance of going to the World Cup.

"The specialist told me if I played on it would have turned into a fracture so I had to be sensible about it and look after myself. All is looking well now."

On the domestic front, even though he wasn't involved, JJ felt the pain every bit as acutely as the 16 on duty following the defeat to West Ham that saw fourth place slip from our grasp.

"I was absolutely devastated," he continued. "As much as people will say it has been a great season for Spurs and so on, we were all desperate to get that fourth spot.

"The pleasing thing for me is the disappointment that has been in and around the club because it means it hurts and matters to us all.

"I'm sure next season there will be players with a lot of hunger who will use that hurt to go forward."