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Posted on 9 November 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).

Head of Medical Facilities Dr Charlotte Cowie talks us through an emergency surrounding Goran Bunjevcevic and the latest on Sean Davis, Erik Edman, Thimothee Atouba and Anthony Gardner...


Goran Bunjevcevic (acute compartment syndrome, shin)
This was one of the few really serious emergencies that can happen to a footballer in a match. He started to bleed into the muscles of his shin and it's an enclosed area, so as the bleeding occurs, the pressure in the shin builds up and there is enormous potential to do quite a lot of damage to the muscle because it gets crushed by the expanded bleeding. He was rushed to hospital and had an emergency operation. He's doing very well now but obviously it was a major injury and the surgeon has said he'll be out for two to three months. It's called 'acute compartment syndrome', the same as Christian Ziege had a couple of years ago and that means it's an emergency and has to be dealt with straight away. You can also get a chronic version that develops over several months and most players have to have an operation but it's not an emergency at all. It doesn't damage the muscle. Goran's is in a different area but is basically the same as Christian's a couple of years ago.


Sean Davis (knee)
Sean had his operation on Wednesday. He's doing really well so far but obviously it's early days. The swelling has come down nicely and he's starting doing some work with the physios. He's on track so far but it's too early it's difficult to tell how he'll progress. All I can say is so far, so good.


Erik Edman (head)
Erik is improving. He's had more tests and will have a review with a neuro surgeon this week. If things continue as they are he will should be in full training by the end of the week but it's one of those cases where although he seems okay, we have to go with the test results.


Thimothee Atouba (knee)
Thimothee is doing really well. He's doing just about everything with Alex Court (rehabilitation coach) but it's just a little early for him to join in training. He gets a little twinge every so often but he's on target.


Anthony Gardner (foot)
Anthony's fine. I suppose we have to use him with caution at the moment. All the bio-mechanics of his foot are being sorted out, we're making adjustments to his boots to try and support the foot and he should be available this weekend.