Search

Spurs star’s ‘determined to make up for lost time’ next season

11:57 31 May 2012

Michael Dawson receives treatment after picking up an injury against Stevenage

Michael Dawson receives treatment after picking up an injury against Stevenage

EMPICS Sport

Michael Dawson says he has already endured all the rest and relaxation that he can bear, and will spend the summer building up his fitness in preparation for the next campaign.

Two injuries restricted the 28-year-old defender to just 13 appearances last season – the final one coming in the 3-1 FA Cup victory over Stevenage on March 7.

With his hopes of playing a key role for both club and country in tatters, Dawson has endured a miserable season – but he says his trials have only fuelled his desire to make an impact in 2012/13.

“The campaign started well for me but then I then had an Achilles injury early on and that needed an operation,” he told Hotspur magazine. “I was back in action before Christmas and feeling fit and fantastic, but then in March I was unlucky again.

“The [ankle] injury itself was just a freak. It was just one of those things that happen – there’s nothing you can do about it – but I knew as soon as it happened that it was serious. I tried to get up again and when I failed I realised I was in trouble.

“I knew straight away that England would not be an issue for me this summer.

“I was fortunate to go to the World Cup and love representing my country, but I know that if I’m fit and doing well for Tottenham then hopefully I will get another call.

“Now all I want to concentrate on is getting myself fully fit because I’m already looking forward to pre-season.

“Normally I rest for about three weeks during the break before starting to plan for the following term by keeping myself ticking over with some stamina work – but this time I’m going away to get myself fit throughout the summer.

“I’m determined to make up for lost time, have a good season and play lots of games. I’m single-minded in that because you realise how much you love the game when participation’s taken away from you.”

Dawson admits that he has cut a frustrated figure in the treatment room in recent months.

“The medics here are great and they try to keep you positive as well as putting you right, but I find it so hard,” he said. “The worst thing is hearing all the banter as the lads go out to train and being stuck behind.

“The season is a long, testing one and you have to demonstrate mental as well as physical strength to come through – and those demands don’t just disappear if and when you’re injured. It’s all still there but in a different way

“I’ve certainly got to know Tom Huddlestone a lot better because he’s hardly played at all so he’s had it even harder than me.

“We’ve been working hard together but it’s great that the two of us managed to get back out there before the summer break and we can now look forward to next season and coming back stronger.”

Dawson’s recovery was all the more painful because he had to sit and watch as Spurs threw away their lead over Arsenal and eventually finished behind the Gunners – but he insists that the Lilywhites should be buoyed by their second fourth-placed finish in three seasons.

“We finished in the top four and you couldn’t ask for much more. That was our aim at the start of the season and we achieved that,” he said. “True, we were disappointed to be 10 points clear in third place and then to have that steadily eroded and overtaken.

“But we won a lot of tough games and picked ourselves up again after our disappointing spell to really make it start happening for us again, so we can’t be too hard on ourselves.

“We played some of the best football in the Premier League at times and that deserves respect.”

You can read the full interview with Michael Dawson in the latest edition of Hotspur magazine – out now!

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:18
Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger has shrugged off Jose Mourinho’s claims that only one side set out to attack in the Community Shield.

Yesterday, 17:33
John Terry of Chelsea and Petr Cech of Arsenal compete for the ball during the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger finally secured victory over Jose Mourinho as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 win against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.

Yesterday, 06:00
Mesut Ozil of Arsenal  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Mesut Ozil to reach double figures in goals for the Gunners this season.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger believes goalkeeper Petr Cech could still play at the top level for six years with Arsenal.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder