Spurs hope for Rout
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wayne Routledge hopes to return from injury against Portsmouth, live on <EM>Sky Sports 1</EM>.
Spurs' Wayne Routledge is hoping to return from injury against Portsmouth, live on Sky Sports 1.
The highly-rated winger broke a bone in his foot on the opening day of the season after moving to White Hart Lane from Crystal Palace during the summer.
And, although Monday's game may come too soon for Routledge, he admitted that he is itching to get back into the Tottenham first-team.
"I'm not as sharp as I can be yet, but I am getting there," he confirmed.
"I've been doing a lot of work with the physio and I will carry on working hard and pushing on. My foot is completely fine and feels really good.
"It is a weird situation but it does feel like I have to start all over again. I suppose it will make me stronger.
"Of course I would love to get playing soon, that is all I want to do now - get back in the first team and become a regular.
"If [manager] Martin [Jol] said he wanted me involved I would be delighted but I've just got to show him that I'm ready."
The Spurs boss himself was less optimistic about Routledge's comeback being made sooner rather than later as he said: "He did well for us before his injury.
"He has seen [Aaron] Lennon or Teemu Tainio playing in his position and he knows that I like players to attack the space on the flanks.
"He knows he is exactly the player I need. But there is one problem and it is the same with Lennon - they are both young."