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Taricco's fears allayed

Posted on 22 May 2001  - 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).

You could excuse Mauricio Taricco for fearing the worst when he felt a pain in his hamstring after his long-awaited comeback for the reserves against Arsenal two weeks ago.

Our Argentinian full-back returned on May 8 after a nightmare eight-month stint on the sidelines but was mysteriously missing after being pencilled in for our final reserve fixture a week later.

Thankfully, his worst fears were not realised and what has proved to be a slight problem with his sciatic nerve has all-but cleared up.

Mauricio, back at Spurs Lodge on Monday, revealed: "I felt some discomfort in the back of my leg but it is not my hamstring but my sciatic nerve. I've had some treatment and it has just about cleared up.

"It is nothing more serious than that but after what I’ve been through I’m always a bit worried about anything. But it was nothing to do with my old injury. The abductors, groins, pain in my backside, I don’t feel it any more.

"I felt it after the game against Arsenal but I didn’t think it was too serious, thought it was just muscle soreness and carried on training. Then I found it was related to my sciatic nerve and it’s clear now."

It means Mauricio is free to continue his summer programme to get fit for the start of next season.

"I try to be positive," he added. "All I want is to be fit. I’ve never been in this position before. I just need a little luck and hopefully my body will stay clear of illness and injuries. Then I can think of next season."