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More pain for Anthony

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).

Anthony Gardner was a picture of despondency as he contemplated another long stint on the sidelines in his injury-wrecked season.

Strapped up and limping slowly around Spurs Lodge, the big defender admitted he was almost lost for words to describe the disappointment after tearing his hamstring against Chelsea on Saturday.

He now faces up to eight weeks out following the thigh and knee problems that restricted him to just three appearances since September.

"I don't know what to say about it really," sighed Anthony on Monday. "It's totally frustrating.

"I feel like I'm getting my fitness back, I play a few games in the reserves, get back into the first team and then pick up another problem. It's never a small problem either, it's always a serious one."

The pain was etched on Anthony's face as he limped out of the action at Stamford Bridge. "It felt like someone had stabbed me in the back of my leg," he explained. "I felt it go straight away and I knew I wouldn't be able to continue.

"I'm not sure yet of the exact timescale of the injury but the physios have told me six to eight weeks. I've had scans and I'll soon find out the extent of the problem. I know it's bad but hopefully it won't be as bad as eight weeks.

"It's so disappointing. When you are playing well in the team it's such a good feeling but you go from one extreme to another because when you are injured you just think 'what can I do?'. All I can do is try to get back as soon as possible."

Listen to an audio version of this interview by clicking the link above