Sullivan vows to bounce back

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INJURED Tottenham goalkeeper Neil Sullivan is determined to win his place back in the Spurs side once he recovers to full fitness.

The Scottish international lost his place in the side at the end of last season to Kasey Keller and his chances of reclaiming his first team spot have been hit by a training ground accident in which he broke his thumb.

Keller has impressed this season for Spurs, but Sullivan has vowed to fight for his place back in Glenn Hoddle's plans once he is fit again.

"I see no reason why I can't fight my way back into the side once I'm fit," Sullivan told the club's official website. "My first year went pretty well - I was voted Player of the Year from a lot of the supporters' clubs which was great.

"The boss has said to me that Kasey did well towards the end of last season, looked fit and sharp when he came back from the World Cup and that he was going to stick with him. It's just a case of trying to change his mind. There isn't a lot you can do about it except work hard and take your chance when it comes along."

Meanwhile, Tottenham's German defender Christian Ziege is expected to be out of action for six weeks with a thigh injury.

The 30-year-old picked up the injury during last month's defeat to Middlesbrough and he revealed it will take up to six weeks before he is back playing.

"If I was to start training again, the muscle would dismantle, and only massage is possible in order to speed up the recovery," Ziege told his personal website. "I need another six weeks until I am fully fit again."