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Leo on the way back

English Barclays Premiership

Oyvind Leonhardsen is winning his battle to be fit for the new season. Our workaholic midfielder's dreams of representing Norway in the European Championships turned sour on the last day of last season when a nagging problem with his heel flared again.

He first felt the injury back in December and after making a fruitless comeback attempt in March, was left devastated after trying it again against Sunderland on May 14. That is when it hit home that he would be out of Euro2000.

However, 'Leo' didn't go home to sulk this summer. Instead, he's been working overtime in the gym in a bid to get fit for the big kick-off on August 19.

A delighted Leonhardsen reported: "I've started running again and so far, so good. I've been jogging for about a week now and I feel like I'm making progress. Everything is going well.

"I was just told to rest the injury initially and since then I've been working hard on an exercise bike and now on a running machine. I'll have to see how it continues to progress but I'm confident of being ready for pre-season training and the start of the season. After the injuries I had last season, it is very important to me to be fit for Tottenham."

Leonhardsen was an instant hit last season after moving to the Lane from Liverpool just three days before the opening game. He scored the goal that took us to the top of the Premiership at Sheffield Wednesday in August and claimed four goals by mid-September.

However, his injury problems hit home in early December and he only featured six more times between December 6 and May 14. "Everything went so well at the start of last season and I'd love for that to happen again," he added. "But first I have to be fit."

ASK MATTHEW: After the success of our question and answer sessions with Gary Doherty and Les Ferdinand, Matthew Etherington has agreed to be next in the firing line.

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Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.
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