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JJ TARGETS CUP RETURN

Posted on 26 January 2007  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas is hoping to be right back in the frame for selection when Southend United arrive at the Lane for the FA Cup 4th round tie.

Jermaine Jenas is hoping to be right back in the frame for selection when Southend United arrive at the Lane for the FA Cup 4th round tie.TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FA CUP CLASH

JJ has been absent since suffering an ankle injury after a substitute appearance against Arsenal in early December, but now reports he has been back in full training this week and is aiming to swap watching games for playing a full part again.

"I can't wait to be back, Ledders is on the trail as well, so we are looking forward to it," said the athletic midfielder.

"I've been in full training now for the last four days and played in a full practice match today [Thursday]. I felt good and will hopefully be in the squad for Saturday.

"There has been no reaction and it is feeling good. Like I said, I hope to be able to get myself involved come the FA Cup game with Southend."

Of course, it was only just over a month ago that Southend were last at the Lane and took us right into extra-time before Jermain Defoe settled the contest. From his seat behind the bench, JJ saw for himself the threat presented by Steve Tilson's side and warns that the nature of cup competitions means the team will have to be on their guard to avoid the prospect of an upset.

"They are a decent team and the FA Cup is a competition where you have got to be on your toes all the time. We found that out last year when we were 2-0 up at Leicester and ended up losing.

"These teams have got nothing to lose and never give up so we need to be committed.

"It is a good chance for us to progress though, but you've still got to show a lot of respect then hopefully the quality we have can pull us through."

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