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Steffen's Diary

Posted on 18 April 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).

First of all it's nice to talk to you all again. As you all know, I am coming back from a knee injury and it is difficult to write so often when you are not playing.

I must say that I miss playing at White Hart Lane, I miss the football and I certainly miss the fans. They have always been great to me and I look forward to teh day when I am out there again.

It's been three months since the injury and I'm very pleased with how the rehabilitation is going.

I'm back in the water and aqua-jogging, I feel like I'm on my way back. I'm still very hopeful of making pre-season training. That is my goal.

I hope to start jogging again in the next three to four weeks and if I can do that, I know things will be going well.

Jamie Redknapp is a good signing for the club, definitely.

I know about injuries, as he does, and I hope when he joins Tottenham his injury nightmare is over.

He will be a very important player for us. He can keep the ball, he is strong and he can score goals as well. He is the complete player, I ca't find many faults with him.

It is the same as Gus Poyet said recently, with a manager like Glenn Hoddle and a club like Tottenham Hotspur, the name, the tradition, it is always an attractive prospect for any player. I believe, with all that, we can sign anyone and Jamie Redknapp helps prove that.

It was sad to hear that Stephen Carr will not be able to play this season and make it to the World Cup. I send him my best wishes.

I know what it is like to have such a long time out injured because it was the same for me in 1996-97.

It is bad news for him but now he has to make sure he gets fit and plays in the next World Cup. I know everyone will be saying that to him but he has to look forward, not back and try not to be too down.

We have certainly missed him this season. I believe he is the best player on the right-hand side in the Premier League.

He is so strong defensively, can go forward and with Stephen you can play 3-5-2, 4-4-2, whatever, he suits every system. I'm sure, come next season, we will see the best of him again.

Of course, it was great to hear about Gary Doherty's return and what a return for the Irish team! I couldn't believe it!

It is fantastic news for him but he has to be careful. He has been injured for a long time this season and it is important not to want too much, too soon.

He should enjoy it, enjoy every minute and let's hope he can go to the World Cup. He deserves it. It was a very serious injury and he has done well to return. We've missed him as well, he has many qualities.

I look at the Premier League table and we can still finish in seventh place. For me, I think that would be progress. Okay, sixth place was the target but if it is still possible to finish seventh, that is a good position.

We have been under the tenth position all season whereas before we have been lower and finished tenth, eleventh and twelth. I think seventh is the best we've been in the Premier League so it has to be progress.

The top five have stayed just about the same although Newcastle have proved that teams can still break in there. It is possible for Tottenham to do that as well.

I will sign off by saying thanks again for all the messages of good luck and talk to you all again soon.