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Goran: It was scary

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).

Goran Bunjevcevic has talked for the first time about the 'scary' injury he sustained against Charlton and thanked the club's medical staff for their swift actions after the final whistle.

The Yugoslav defender took a kick in the first half of the Barclays Premiership encounter at the Lane on November 6 and explained that although he felt some pain, he opted to fight on.

On returning to the dressing room at the end of the game, the knock on his shin had ballooned and he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

Goran had in fact suffered 'acute compartment syndrome' in the shin where he had started to bleed into the muscles.

As our Head of Medical Facilities Dr Charlotte Cowie later explained, the pressure builds up and there is 'enormous potential to do quite a lot of damage because it gets crushed by the expanded bleeding'.

It was the same problem that Christian Ziege so horrifically suffered against Charlton on Boxing Day 2002 and, in our regular 'Treatment Table' feature, Dr Cowie said: "This was one of the few really serious emergencies that can happen to a footballer in a match."

Thankfully, the problem was caught early and treated immediately and now the defender is one his way back.

"It was a knock in the 15th or 16th minute of the game," recalled Goran at Spurs Lodge this week. "I felt a pain and it got worse and worse as the game progressed.

"I thought I could get over it in the second half and played with the pain but when I came back into the dressing room I saw a big lump.

"I started to feel a little scared because I could remember what happened to Christian Ziege and I was rushed to hospital, I had an operation as soon as I arrived which lasted one hour and now I'm recovering.

"I owe a big, big thanks to the medical staff and Dr Mark Curtin. They acted really, really quickly. It was scary at the time but these things happen sometimes in football, it was a normal tackle, it was a little knock and it just got bigger and bigger.

"Dr Curtin helped me out by recognising it straight away. To be honest, when I look back, they are not nice memories."

Typically of Goran's luck at Spurs, the injury came as he was enjoying a run in the first team and had scored in the Carling Cup wins at Oldham and Bolton but at least he's on his way back.

"Everything is okay at the moment," he added."I feel okay.

"I'm working with the physios every day, exercising my muscles, building up the muscles and hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll be able to run again with the ball."