Lennon: I'll be back better

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon insists he will return even stronger after surgery on his knee injury that will keep him out for six weeks.

The 19-year-old England international had been in sparkling form for his club and country before picking up a cartilage complaint just before Spurs' 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He had travelled with the team for their UEFA Cup win over Slavia Prague last week, but failed a fitness test because of the continuing restrictions to his movement.

Lennon will now miss England's two Euro 2008 qualifiers against Macedonia and Croatia next month, but remains upbeat despite the setback.

"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," he explained.

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

The North Londoners have made a poor start to the new Premiership season so far, and have failed to score in 343 minutes of action.

They currently languish 16th in the table, with just one win in their first five games.

The service to strikers Mido, Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane has been lacking since the departure of Michael Carrick to United, but Egyptian international Mido is confident the team can turn their fortunes around.

"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," Mido commented.

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

Spurs face Liverpool away in their next tough encounter live on Sky Sports 1on Saturday.