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Shwan's smiling again

Posted on 8 April 2004  - 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).

The smile is back on the face of Shwan Jalal - he's back in full training after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The young goalkeeper has spent months sweating it out in the gym after rupturing a cruciate ligament at the start of the season.

He finally pulled his gloves back on last week and was soon reminded of the tough, physical nature of the life of a goalkeeper when he trained again with Hans Segers.

"I started training again last Monday and I've just been getting back in the swing of things - you forget how hard goalkeeping is," said Shwan after another session at Spurs Lodge. "You can do all the running in the world but you still aren't ready for all that diving about.

"There is still a long way to be but I was delighted to get the gloves back on again and get outside training with Hans."

It's been a long time for the former Hastings Town starlet who impressed so much on loan at Woking in the Conference last season.

He takes up the story. "I ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament which is quite a serious injury - career-threatening ten years ago.

"I had to go for a complete knee reconstruction and straight back into the gym, on the bike and basically learn how to walk again.

"Jamie Redknapp was in there at the same time recovering from his knee injury and I couldn't have asked for anyone better to be there to be honest. He's someone who wants the best for himself and it rubs off on everyone around him.

"David Galbraith was there as well and I would have found it so much harder there in my own. But with the help of Jamie and Chic Wilkinson, one of our physios, he was fantastic, eventually I got the go ahead to start running again. That took a month or so. The specialist was delighted and eventually I got the go ahead to start training again, so I was delighted."

At least Shwan can look forward again - whether or not it's with Spurs. "My contract ends in the summer so it's up to me to show Mr Pleat what I can do," he added.