Robbie Keane, unsurprisingly, admitted that watching football is not exactly his favourite pastime.
The absent striker was a frustrated onlooker at last weekend's opener against Liverpool, spending the first half in the press box before moving down a row to the back of the dug-out.
To say that he was something of a fidget would be an understatement and their were a couple of bruised ankles alongside him as he occasionally forgot his surroundings and imagined he was kicking the ball.
For Robbie, his playing return - hopefully in a couple of weeks time - cannot come soon enough.
"I hate watching games!" said the popular frontman, although adding that the Liverpool one was good. "I don't like it as I get nervous and I prefer to be out there playing. I'm not a good watcher.
"I thought the boys did well. I think in the first half Liverpool were the better side, but in the second we started to pick up and played some good football.
"It was a good game to watch, the first game of the season is always a difficult one - it is always hot on the first day. It is nice to get it out of the way and we will be looking forward to the coming games, starting with Newcastle.
"I know for a fact that I am looking forward to coming back in the next couple of weeks and hopefully join in."
One factor Robbie is sure about is that, with a certain Jermain Defoe about, we will always have a chance.
"Jermain is a great little player and a great goalscorer. I think he looks very sharp at the moment."