Happy returns for Tom
Tom Huddlestone says he's looking to push on after completing his first starts in over a year.
The midfielder came through two 90-minute shifts in just over a week in the Capital One Cup win at Carlisle and then the draw against Panathinaikos in Athens.
It was almost 13 months to the day between starts for Tom having last appeared in the starting line-up in our Europa League play-off, second leg against Hearts on August 25, 2011.
He went on to make a substitute appearance against City on August 28 but was then ruled out by a serious ankle injury for the rest of last season.
Having worked his way back to fitness and featuring in pre-season, Tom's competitive return came against Norwich City at the Lane on September 1.
It's been a long road back - and now he's looking forward.
"It’s been depressing at times, frustrating, but I’ve close family and friends who have been supportive and luckily, there was always going to be light at the end of the tunnel, and that’s been the case," said Tom.
"This pre-season and into the season I’ve been fully fit and I’ve got a couple of games under my belt so far.
"It was frustrating last season not being to contribute. Hopefully now I’m over the worst of it, I can kick on and try to force my way back into the team."
In the meantime, we've changed training facilities from Spurs Lodge to the superb Hotspur Way.
"This place is unbelievable," said Tom. "First and foremost, the pitches are second to none, then the facilities inside with the swimming pool and of course the leisure room for me to beat the lads at table-tennis or pool every day!"