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Pedro toes the line

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).

Pedro Mendes did not attempt to disguise his obvious frustration over the toe injury that forced him to miss the final 14 games of the season.

The Portuguese midfielder has been confined to work in the gym for the last three months - not how he envisaged ending his first season in English football following his switch from Porto last summer.

"I'm not bad," he sighed, when asked for a progress report on his injury. "I have been out a long time, much longer than I suspected when it first happened. So I'm bored and annoyed with it all and very frustrated to be injured.

"It is just a small thing, just a small bone in the toe that won't let you run, won't let you play and makes it difficult to drive."

Pedro has had to wear protective footwear since sustaining the injury, at first a rather bulky moonboot type of thing.

"The big boot... I wore that for six weeks in the end - no dancing, no nothing! I have a new boot now, a new fashion - summer style!"

He hopes to soon be able to shed his latest fashion statement and enjoy a good holiday before returning for a hopefully injury-free fresh start in pre-season.

"I want my holiday month on the beach - I just hope this doesn't keep me away. In pre-season I will be okay and ready to go again."