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ROB'S KEANE AS EVER

Posted on 20 July 2006  - 12:00

Robbie Keane was delighted to step back into action in France - he's relishing the prospect of another season competing for striking places at Spurs.

Robbie Keane was delighted to step back into action in France - he's relishing the prospect of another season competing for striking places at Spurs.

The Irish skipper, record goalscorer and our top scorer last term missed the first two friendlies of our pre-season training camp in France against Bordeaux and Nice with a slight neck muscle problem.

He returned for a 70-minute stint as we made it three wins out of three with a 2-0 success against Celta Vigo on Tuesday. It was a tough evening's work for him as well with defender Lequi seemingly determined to make his mark.

“It was nice to be back for my first game of the season and I feel good,†said Robbie. “It’s been a bit frustrating with the neck injury but that’s the way it goes.

“I’ve still been able to train and it’s great to get back playing.

“It’s always good to win the friendlies but fitness is just as important at this stage, hopefully we’ll maintain the good form and take it into the season. We all want to be as fit as we can to be ready for the Premiership.â€Â

The arrival of Dimitar Berbatov – second top goalscorer in the Bundesliga last season – has added more firepower and Robbie welcomes the competition for places up front.

“Year after year there is competition here and strikers thrive on it,†he added. “That’s what you look forward to.

“You know if you’re not producing you won’t play and someone else will come in and do the job, so it keeps you on your toes at all times.â€Â