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The Final Countdown - Rosier for Gardner

Posted on 21 February 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).

Anthony Gardner and Goran Bunjevcevic declared themselves available for Sunday's Worthington Cup Final after returning to action for the reserves last night.

Anthony had been out for a month with a knee injury and Goran for 10 weeks with thigh and knee trouble but both played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win at Coventry City.

Both were understandably slightly cautious afterwards but both insisted they would love to be involved in the big one at Cardiff.

"The knee's fine," said Anthony. "I felt okay out there, a little tired but I haven't played for a few weeks.

"I had no reaction afterwards, no pain and I was twisting and turning. It was all good. I feel ready to go in and play.

"The pace in reserve games is totally different. The ball was fizzing about, the tackles flying in. You get used to the pace of the Premiership. I feel if the manager puts me in I can do a job.

"Hopefully I'll play, fingers crossed, but it's out of my hands."

Goran admitted he was feeling the pace after a longer break. "I feel good, I must say," he beamed. "I'm very pleased although I'm now feeling my hamstring and just about every muscle!

"These games are very much different to Premiership games, lots of young players, running when you don't need to run, lots of tackles, very fast and you just try to do the best for the team.

"I'm available to play, I think, but the gaffer knows my way of recovery, how much I have trained in the last 10, 15 days.

"It is a tricky game because we will miss Dean Richards but I think Ledley King will be back, Ben Thatcher, Anthony Gardner - we have lots of choices.

"The gaffer is the man to decide. I cannot say that I could play the final after 10 weeks out but I will give my best. I want to play, of course, everyone wants to, but the gaffer will decide."

Paul Miles at Highfield Road