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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was nice to be back for my first game of the season and I feel good,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Robbie. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a bit frustrating with the neck injury but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way it goes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve still been able to train and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great to get back playing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always good to win the friendlies but fitness is just as important at this stage, hopefully weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The arrival of Dimitar Berbatov Ã¢â‚¬â€œ second top goalscorer in the Bundesliga last season Ã¢â‚¬â€œ has added more firepower and Robbie welcomes the competition for places up front.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Year after year there is competition here and strikers thrive on it,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what you look forward to.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You know if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not producing you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play and someone else will come in and do the job, so it keeps you on your toes at all times.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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.