Steven Pienaar has revealed that getting over his injuries was one of the most difficult periods of his life, but the South Africa international can’t wait to get back into action, with selection a possibility for tonight.
Piennar was purchased by Tottenham in January from Everton, and the 29-year-old has made just 12 appearances for the north London club since, suffering a concussion and ongoing groin problems.
And the midfielder, who has traveled to Russia to take on Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, is happy to be over what he hopes is the worst.
Pienaar looking for big comeback
“It's been the most difficult period of my career,” he revealed. “When you join a new team, you want to start fully fit but I got injured quite early and it slowed down my progress.
“Before the operation we thought we would wait and see how the groin injury developed but it just got worse.
“I had the operation, things were going well, but then I had two setbacks. Sometimes when you try to get back early, that happens.
“But I'm over the nightmare now so hopefully I can get some minutes.”
Pienaar is well aware of the difficulties he faces getting into Tottenham’s starting line-up, but the star is raring to show Harry Redknapp that he will fight for his place in the squad.
“When you get injured, you fall down the pecking order. You are basically the bottom of the pile,” he said.
“But you have to make sure you get fit, be patient and work hard.
“I have been working hard and now I'll try to win a place in the team.”
While Tottenham are facing a difficult schedule ahead, juggling Europa League games with Barclays Premier League matches, Pienaar believes that winning a trophy this season would be great for the fans and the club.
He added: “Our priority for the coming season has to be to try to try to qualify for the Champions League, at least, but we would also like to win some silverware for the club.
“We would like to win a trophy for ourselves and for the supporters if possible and the Europa League is an opportunity for us to do that so we will not be disrespecting the competition and bringing out any second-rate players.
“We will play a side that we think can win in every game we play and we have brought a strong squad with us.”