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Leo devastated

Posted on 20 February 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).

Oyvind Leonhardsen admits he’s been left devastated by his latest injury blow.

The Norwegian midfielder is out for at least six weeks after cracking a bone in his ankle against Stockport County on Saturday. He will be in plaster for a fortnight.

Putting on a brave face at Spurs Lodge, ‘Leo’ admitted: “I felt I was in good form again and I just wanted to continue and be strong all the time and to have another injury is devastating.

I didn’t think it was too bad afterwards but I had a better look at it on Sunday, had an X-ray and that showed that there was a little crack in the ankle. So that means I will be out for at least six weeks and that is obviously a big blow.

Fortune hasn’t favoured Leo since his move from Liverpool in August 1999.

After a superb start at the Lane he was ruled out with knee and groin trouble in December 1999 and, having returned in February 2000, an Achilles problem kept him out until May.

Desperate to play for Norway in Euro 2000, he returned ahead of schedule for the last game of last season against Sunderland but broke down again in that match with the same Achilles injury.

That ruled him out of Euro 2000 but after working throughout the summer, he returned for the start of this season.
Hitting top form in October, disaster struck when, having scored twice against Derby, he pulled up in agony and was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.

He returned this time in December and again, was hitting top form until this latest setback on Saturday.

“I feel I’ve been unlucky since I came to Tottenham,” he said. “This is my fourth long-term injury, all quite lengthy.

“I just hope I can get fit as quickly as possible and try to do well at the end of the season and then next season will hopefully be my season.

“I felt that I was coming back to my best form and I was looking forward to the rest of the season and the future with the FA Cup and everything. I will have to have a break now and try to get back again.

“It is hard work and to have to do that a few times during a season is not very nice.”

As for the tackle that caused the fracture on Saturday, Leo added: “I think it was a bad tackle. It was late, he showed his studs and I’m not very happy about it. But it is too late now.”