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Theo's injury blight

Posted on 12 April 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).

Theo Foley could hardly believe that Wednesday night’s reserve encounter with Nottingham Forest saw another two players added to the injury list.

Dave McEwen and Matthew Etherington were both withdrawn, McEwen with a facial injury and Etherington following a heavy knock on the back of his heel.

The duo were among the more experienced members of Theo’s side.

"The team were very good," said Theo. "And I must also mention Dave McEwen, who suffered what appeared not to be a bad injury, but was, and that unsettled us from the start.

"What he actually did, he was caught with an elbow and his tooth went through his lip. I didn’t think it was that bad, then the physio told me it was and he had to go to hospital.

"The injury list is just getting longer and longer, it’s amazing, you wouldn’t think you’d lose McEwen and Etherington as well, who are first team fringe players. With Steffen Iversen getting injured too on Tuesday, it all adds fuel to the fire, but there we go."

The reserves are now unbeaten in three as the fledgling side containing a number of academy players is beginning to find its feet in a higher level of competition.

"I thought it was very similar to Derby and Leicester, we had four or five great chances early on and how Yannick has missed the early one I do not know, the one that came back off the post," reflected Theo.

"But all credit to them, they’re very young. I thought Forest got a little bit on top with a little bit of strength, which you would expect. But we came back and easily could have won the game.

"It was good, it was a very, very young side. Ian Walker made one terrific save early on, and if they had scored then it might have frightened us a bit. I was delighted with people like John Piercy, he was outstanding, and he possibly could have won us the game.

"I think the last three games we’ve played have been good, but irrespective of what we do it’s only about the development of young players."

By Richard Hubbard