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WAYNE'S WAITING GAME

Posted on 7 December 2005  - 12:00

Wayne Routledge is eagerly awaiting a first team call after completing his first 90 minute stint of the season against Portsmouth for the reserves last week.

Wayne Routledge is eagerly awaiting a first team call after completing his first 90 minute stint of the season against Portsmouth for the reserves last week.

Coincidentally, it was against the Pompey senior team that the recruit from Crystal Palace made his competitive Spurs debut at Fratton Park back in August. Unfortunately, he did not complete the whole game in what resulted in a 2-0 win on opening day due to foot fracture and hasn't featured in Premiership combat since then.

The temperature in the deep south had dropped a good few notches when Wayne arrived for his second reserve appearance at Havant & Waterlooville, having put in a 45-minute shift against Crystal Palace.

But his talent had clearly not remained in cold storage on his return and the wide player was a figure of perpetual motion in the 3-0 win for Clive Allen's side.

"It was not the nicest of nights to be playing on with the cold, but it is just good to be back playing again," reflected Wayne afterwards. "To get a full 90 minutes under my belt is only going to do me good and hopefully I can just keep on playing now.

"To get a full 90 minutes under my belt is only going to do me good and hopefully I can just keep on playing now.

"I'm not as sharp as I can be yet, but I am getting there. I've been doing a lot of work with the physios and Alex (Court - conditioning coach) and have to carry on working hard and keep pushing on. My foot is completely fine and feels really good."

Having had a start, and almost immediate stop, beginning to his Spurs career, Wayne admits his return to fitness and playing now is like starting all over again. Something he hopes to do in the Premiership sooner rather than later.

"It really does! It is a weird situation and time but it does feel like I have to start all over again. I suppose it will make me stronger.

"Of course I would love to get playing soon, that is all I want to do now - get back in the first team and become a regular. If Martin said he wanted me involved I would be delighted but I've just got to keep training and show him that I'm ready."