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Doc back in practice

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).

Gary Doherty hopes to be back in training with the first team within the next two weeks - a major plus for Glenn as the season enters the crucial final furlongs.

The unlucky Doc broke his leg back in September in the Worthington Cup 2nd round tie against Torquay and has been forced to watch from the sidelines as the boys plotted a successful route to the final in Cardiff.

The Republic of Ireland international is working hard with the physios and the other injured players and hopes to be back in the thick of it very soon.

"It's going really well," he reported. "I think this is the most confident I've felt now.

"I've been training really hard and myself and the physios are hoping that I can be back training with the first within the next two weeks and trying to get back in the team."

Of course, just getting fit isn't the end of the process - there is the small matter of finding your touch again with the ball. Doc adds that while this is not easy, he should soon be jogging Glenn's memory as to his value to the team.

"I think the fitness comes back, but trying to get the ball work going again is quite difficult. Maybe a couple more weeks with the ball and it should come back to me I hope.

"I want to get back into training then all systems go and be back available for selection. Obviously I'll be able to play reserves games and stuff. I'd probably be on the bench the way the first team is playing at the moment.

"You've just got to bide your time and hope for the best."

Doc was widely quoted recently as saying he will have to go some to force his way back into Mick McCarthy's World Cup plans - he hasn't changed his stance on the matter.

"I think you need ten games, especially in my position. I was never a regular by any means for Ireland so if I do get back into the Tottenham team I'm going to have to play out of my skin to impress Mick again I think."

What might swing it for Gary is the fact that Ireland have deployed him in both central defence and as a striker. With a small squad that flexibility could prove crucial.

"I'm hoping that's going to be a massive plus point to sway in my favour the two position thing. I think Ireland have got a bit of depth at the back and front so I'm not sure if that will become an issue - but I'm hoping it is."

By Richard Hubbard