The midfielder returned to action from injury for a 45-minute stint in our Barclays Premiership clash against Arsenal on December 2 but, having completed the match, somewhat unfortunately giving away a penalty along the way, felt a pain in his ankle.
That pain turned out to be a fracture and JJ was sidelined for the best part of two months, finally returning to action with a goal against Southend in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Now he’s hoping to put things right against our old rivals in the semi-final, second leg of the Carling Cup with the tie poised at 2-2.
“I started off well and it felt like we were getting back into it,” recalled JJ of that afternoon to forget. “I felt a pain in my ankle and I ended up with a fracture, then there was the penalty. They are tough games against Arsenal and you have to expect that.
“This is a great opportunity for us to get to a final. We’ve done well to get so far but we all know we slipped up conceding the two goals after leading 2-0 at the Lane to let them back in the tie. There is a long way to go though.
“Most people have written us off and I think we can use that to our advantage. We are a top side and on our day we go and beat anyone anywhere, so as I said, there is a lot to play for.”
Jermaine Jenas has painful memories of our one and only visit to the Emirates Stadium – a memory he hopes to wipe out tonight.