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*Perry on double misfortune

Posted on 27 September 2002  - 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).

Chris Perry is well aware that bad luck can often come in threes - but he hopes he's had his painful lot for the time being.

He returned to the first team fold for the trip to Loftus Road to face Fulham and the crowd were left wincing after he came off worst in a horror second-half collision with Pierre Wome.

The ball ran loose and Chris got there first with a low sliding challenge. Wome was already committed with a similar approach and the base of his boot connected full-pelt with Chris' jaw.

After a lengthy stoppage Chris was assisted off the pitch and walked out of Loftus Road with a huge lump on his jaw and surrounding cuts and bruises.

But remarkably, he took to the field at White Hart Lane four days later for the Premiership encounter with West Ham. His luck did not change and Chris was stretchered off with a deep gash above his knee, which required surgery.

After suffering such a double-whammy of misfortune, Chris was remarkably sprightly at Spurs Lodge this week and even played down the injuries.

"I'm fine," he laughed. "The jaw was fine, I had all the X-rays and was obviously fit to play on the Sunday against West Ham - where I got the cut on my knee.

"I saw it on telly and it looked quite bad, but nothing was broken, there was no lasting damage and everything is okay now. My teeth survived. It looked a lot worse than it was actually. It was all pretty much gone within three or four days. It wasn't too bad.

"It's fine now, a bit painful if I open my mouth too wide so I won't be shouting much."

And the knee?

"I've got ten stitches in my knee at the moment, similar to an injury I sustained last year against Chelsea.

"I had to go under General Anaesthetic because it was so deep, to have all the stitches inside would have been too painful to have done without.

"That's not too bad either, the stitches are out soon and hopefully I can get back training again after that."

If Chris was the superstitious type he would be a worried man by now.

"I must have run over a black cat or something - I don't know!

"The only good thing that has come out of it is that they are not long-term injuries. You always get things like that and they often come in twos or threes - hopefully there isn't a three for me!

"It was just a collision against West Ham, I won the ball and the man got me - similar to at Loftus Road."

By Richard Hubbard