Injured Woody staying positive
The centre-back returned from a 16-month absence due to a worrying
groin problem on Tuesday when he came off the bench to help Spurs
to a 1-0 victory at AC Milan in the Champions League last-16.
Woodgate strained his left adductor muscle during that 31-minute
outing and will now spend a further two weeks on the sidelines. But
the former England international is determined to beat his latest
problem and win back a regular spot in the Tottenham first-team.
“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 a part for Spurs again. Of
course I can.”