Woodgates latest injury setback not as serious as first thought



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Just when Jonathan Woodgate didn’t think it could get any worse it did.

He made his long awaited Tottenham comeback on Tuesday night in the San Siro, after over a year out, only to tweak his left abductor muscle.

Woodgate came off the bench to replace Corluka, who was injured by a Flamini horror tackle and played well as Tottenham won 1-0 away from home in the Champions League last 16 first leg.

He will now spend a further two weeks recovering from his latest injury, but may be fit for the return leg in three weeks time.

“Injuries are part and parcel of the game but you never give up,” said Woodgate.

“A lot of people said I’d never get back but I kept fighting and the comments that I’d never get back spurred me on.

“You just have to keep going – you prove people wrong who said you wouldn’t get back and you prove right those people who said you will.

“There were a lot of tough days but at the end of the day there is only you that can get on with it and can stay mentally tough and strong and wait for your chance.

“I don’t give up, I never give up. There were a lot of people with different opinions that said I would never play, but I took all of that with a pinch of salt. I am determined to get fully fit, I won’t let anyone say that I can’t get fit.”

He added: “If you want to play football again, you have to be mentally tough. There are things you have to try. I’m sure I can play a regular part for Spurs again. Of course I can.”

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