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VALUABLE TIME

Posted on 2 March 2006  - 12:00

Even though there were only eight seniors at Spurs Lodge in the early part of the week, Chris Hughton insists it was still valuable training time for the players.

Even though there were only eight seniors at Spurs Lodge in the early part of the week, Chris Hughton insists it was still valuable training time for the players.

The coach believes the period was beneficial to a number of the players, with Hossam Ghaly starting training, Danny Murphy still bedding in and topping up fitness and Edgar Davids not long back from injury.

"You get good work done and they are all at different stages," said Chris. "An example would be Hossam Ghaly - who is very much back in training now - and we need to get him to a stage where he is back to match fitness.

"There have been players still here, the likes of Michael Dawson, Edgar Davids, Danny Murphy and Mido. It has been a good enough working group, but what you are always working towards is the next game and what we have had is many players away on international duty.

"You are not quite sure how they will come through and there is always the fear that one or two of them will come back injured. We are the same as everyone else in that respect.

"Sometimes when you have a smaller group you are able to do more specific work. You can put on sessions that are more demanding and you can get some hard work in."