Jonas Gutierrez is itching to make his Newcastle United comeback and help the team improve their lowly league placing.
Stoke City's 2-1 success over Spurs now means The Magpies are second from bottom in the table with only the North Londoners below them.
Gutierrez impressed for Newcastle in August under Kevin Keegan but has spent the interim period on the sidelines after fracturing his collarbone in a World Cup qualifier against Peru.
The Argentine is in contention to make his Newcastle comeback against Manchester City on Monday, although the former Real Mallorca ace does not want to rush a return and suffer a setback that could result in a new spell on the sidelines.
"You always want to help on the pitch and if you are on the sidelines, it is difficult to do anything," explained Gutierrez.
"It's hard. But I know we have a very good team and we have very good players.
"I want to get back to where I was before the injury, but I will have to do it gradually. I can't do it all in the first match.
"I don't want to have another problem with the shoulder, so I will have to be careful."