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Programme: Steffen Iversen

Posted on 19 November 2000  - 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).

<SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Steffen Iversen could be forgiven for being fed up as he recovers from his latest injury setback, but he was in surprisingly good spirits at Spurs Lodge this week.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Our Norwegian striker has missed the last six games, he isn't part of the squad for today's big match and it's unlikely he will be playing again for at least another month.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">However, the reason for his upbeat mood is that he can see an end to his current plight and if all goes according to plan, Steffen will be looking to play a part in our derby clash with Arsenal on December 18.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">"That's my target," he says. "Obviously, everything depends on how the knee responds to treatment and exercise but I'm hoping to be back in time for the Arsenal game. If I can get fit before then, that would be a big bonus."<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">Iversen has been sidelined by an injury to his right knee. He picked it up in the week leading up to our visit to Coventry City in October and he was forced to have keyhole surgery on the joint to have a piece of cartilage taken out of the knee.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">"It wasn't a big operation, they didn't have to open up the knee completely which was a relief," he adds. "That's why I'm quite happy because it's not as bad as it could have been or as I thought it was. In the beginning, I thought I was going to need a much bigger operation."<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">At first Iversen feared a long spell on the sidelines, similar to the one he endured soon after he arrived here when a different injury to the same knee kept him out for the best part of a year. "Now that I know this injury isn't going to take too long to recover, it's easier to deal with," says Steffen.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">He's on the road to recovery now though and this week he started light exercises for the first time since the operation. "I was out there on Tuesday morning doing a bit of jogging and kicking the ball but I'm still a few weeks away from training properly," he says.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">"My normal day at the moment starts with treatment first thing in the morning, then I go out and do a bit of exercise. Then, in the afternoon I've been doing different things to help build the knee back up such as using the exercise bikes and going swimming.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">"It's a busy day every day but it's good and I can feel the progress. All of the injured players are in seven days a week, even on Sundays I am in for a couple of hours."<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">So, is he one of those players that doesn't like to watch football when he's not taking part? "Obviously I watch Spurs but I don't follow anyone else," says Steffen. "I just think that when you are in the game all the time, it gets too much to watch it in your spare time as well.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">"But I'll be watching today, cheering on the lads and I'll go down into the dressing room before the match to give them encouragement. It will be a tough game against Liverpool, they have got a good side but then so have we. Of course, we are at home and we are very difficult to beat here this season. We won this fixture last season, so why not again this time.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">"We have the confidence at White Hart Lane to go out and beat teams, but I think we must concentrate on turning things around when we play away."<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><I>By Jon Rayner</I></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN>