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Anderton stays positive

English Barclays Premiership

Darren Anderton is looking on the bright side of his latest injury setback.

Things are certainly looking up already for the England midfielder after the initial shock of a potential recurrence of his former groin problems when he pulled up against Everton at White Hart Lane on September 5.

Thankfully those fears were unfounded and after a week's rest Anderton is already targeting a return to full training.

"It's coming along better than I thought it would," said Anderton. "Of course I was very worried about it when it happened but it's not the abductor muscle which I've had problems with in the past but another muscle a little bit deeper that you don't use as much. Once it has healed it shouldn't cause me any more problems.

"I rested for the first week and now I'm starting to stretch it again. Once I get a full stretch back on it I'll start working and running which hopefully won't take too long and therefore I shouldn't lose too much fitness and be able to get back into it as quickly as possible."

Anderton looked a worried man when he limped off against Everton - natural for a player who feared a return of problems that haunted him between 1995-98.

"It was pretty bad initially," he admitted. "It happened in the first minute. I whipped the ball in and felt something go. I wasn't sure whether it was a just an ache or scar tissue but I thought it could be my groin again.

"I had a scan, there was a lot of bleeding and it was quite a bad one but not one of the major muscles. Although it is quite hard to treat once it is rested and healed it shouldn't take too much work to be ready to get back out there.

"I'm just trying to be positive about it. I was out for half of last season but managed to come back and hopefully I won't be out as long this time around."