Injured Lennon says: 'I'll be back better than ever'

September 19, 2006

Winger Aaron Lennon has vowed to come back even stronger after being forced to miss six weeks of the season with a knee injury.

Lennon underwent surgery on Saturday to cure a cartilage injury he sustained prior to Tottenham's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The England winger tried to recover from the setback but found he could not turn properly after taking part in a training session ahead of their UEFA Cup clash with Slavia Prague last week.

Lennon thought the injury was nothing serious when he first felt the pain in his knee but he will now miss England's two Euro 2008 qualifiers against Macedonia and Croatia next month as well.

Lennon said: 'I tried to do a sharp turn and felt a pain in the side of my knee. I didn't think much of it but the physio said to go and have a scan.

'The scan showed a little tear in the side of my cartilage. I am a fast healer so I shouldn't be out too long.

'It is horrible, there are big games coming up and there is also Europe. It is part of football and a learning experience. I'll be strong and come back stronger - I'll be alright.'

Meanwhile, Tottenham's Egypt striker Mido insists it is only a matter of time before Spurs hit the goal trail in the Barclays Premiership.

The Londoners have failed to score for 343 minutes now with just Jermaine Jenas and Dimitar Berbatov on the scoresheet this season.

The lack of goals and victories - Spurs have won just once in five outings so far - is causing real concern to coach Martin Jol as he tries to compensate for the loss of Michael Carrick in midfield.

Carrick joined Manchester United in the summer for a deal that could eventually rise to £18.6 million.

And Carrick's importance to Spurs has been all too evident as they have struggled to provide the kind of service strikers like Mido, Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane thrived on last season.

But Mido, who joined Tottenham on a permanent basis in the summer following an 18-month loan spell from Roma, believes their poor start to the season will not be a concern in the long run.

Mido declared: 'A lot of teams who didn't start strongly last season played very well and finished strongly in the end - like Blackburn for example. Others started well and faded.

'We still have a lot of games and a lot of things to do to get results. We will get started very soon.'

Mido could find himself back on the substitute's bench against Liverpool this weekend if Berbatov finally recovers from his groin injury.

But the Egyptian is not worried.

He added: 'It is unusual to play every game and if you do, you won't be able to play your best all the time.

'With Martin Jol, I know how it is. He picks the best players for each game and each one is different. Different games call for different strengths and I understand his thinking.

'When you are sure the manager is fair to you - even if you are not playing - you don't have a problem with it.'