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Sol: I won't cheat fans

Fri 20 October 2000, 12:00|Tottenham Hotspur

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).

Sol Campbell is back at Spurs Lodge, happy, refreshed and raring to go but insisting: “I won’t cheat myself or the fans by rushing back early.”

Our super skipper has been out since dislocating his shoulder at Brentford in the second round of the Worthington Cup on September 19. The problem required keyhole surgery and it was estimated he would be out for six weeks.

Just over a month of those six weeks has past and after a break, Sol returned to Spurs Lodge this week. The message is so far, so good.

He said: “It’s going as well as I expected. After the operation I was still a bit sore but so far, so good. Week by week it’s improving, not day by day, but so far so good.”

There can be few doubts as to how much the side has missed its defensive rock.

We’ve won just once in his absence — the second leg against Brentford — and taken just one point in four Premiership outings.

Boss George Graham summed it up when he admitted: “Sol should be back within the next couple of weeks and the way we’re leaking goals we need him back.”

Sol added: “One man cannot control the whole team, it’s a team effort.

“You get to a stage where you don’t want to rush things because you are going to cheat yourself, cheat the fans and a person like me wants to come back and that’s it and be able play the rest of the season.”

The England defender admitted he needed a break. He explained: “I’ve needed a mental break. That was one of the main things, just a mental break. Now I’m back in with the lads and all the banter is flying about, it’s nice to be back but I have to do things step by step.

“Most players don’t like being out but most things happen for whatever reason they happen for. You’ve just got to be positive about the situation, move on from there and recover.

“It’s just like any professional footballer who gets injured — you have to be positive about these things and do things right. Do things right at the right stages, not rush things and take it step by step.”

To listen to Sol's thoughts, click here

By Paul Miles