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WAYNE ON INJRY PAIN

Posted on 11 October 2005  - 12:00

Wayne Routledge revealed his frustration over his Spurs career stalling due to injury just one game into the Premiership season.

Wayne Routledge revealed his frustration over his Spurs career stalling due to injury just one game into the Premiership season.

The flying winger - signed in the summer from Crystal Palace - suffered a stress fracture in the foot which was discovered after the Portsmouth game on the opening day of the season. It has been a huge disappointment for the England under-21 international who so impressed during the pre-season period.

The good news is, the protective boot he was forced to wear has now been shed and Wayne is hoping for an earlier than anticipated return to training.

"It has been a very frustrating time for me," he sighed. "To come to a new club, start off well and then get injured is not ideal. Things are going quite well with the injury though and I can see light at the end of the tunnel now.

"I've got to have another scan to see how well it is healing, but the signs are good and hopefully I will be back sooner than I thought.

It was a good thing I caught it early but, in terms of playing, it has been devastating for me

"I'm in every day again now and starting to get back into the routine - looking to be back on the pitch soon."

Even given his great frustration, Wayne added the nature of his injury prevented him taking his anger out on any household items or pets...

"I haven't been allowed to kick anything! I am raring to go and just want to get back as soon as possible. I am in the gym now, on the bikes, having treatment - doing everything I can do to make sure I am ready when I can come back.

"The team have done very well and are picking up results, even away from home. The win against Charlton showed how good we are - from 2-0 down away you wouldn't really expect to get anything.

"It shows what we should be going for this season."

Meanwhile, Wayne singled out his replacement in the team for a word or two of praise and predicts he will be in for a battle to re-claim his right wing berth in the team.

"Aaron Lennon is doing well and is a good player. Due to my injury he has got his chance and he is taking it - it should be interesting when I get back and challenge him for the spot."