Jonathan Woodgate happy to prove critics wrong

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Jonathan Woodgate happy to prove critics wrong

One of the forgotten men of English football, Jonathan Woodgate made a return to the game after a long time out with injury. Woodgate was delighted to have proven his doubters wrong and played more than half an hour in the game against Ac Milan. Tottenham won the first leg of final 16 of UEFA Champions League 1-0.

Woodgate was put on the bench and was not really expected to make an appearance. However former Arsenal player Mathew Flamini came in with a rash tackle on Vedran Corluka. Spurs defender had to be taken off, and that gave Woodgate a chance to get some game time in an all important match.

Woodgate got injured back in 2009 when he picked up a groin injury; it was in the game that Tottenham won 9-1 against Wigan. The injury was believed to a serious one and there were big doubts on whether he would ever make a comeback in the game.

The former Real Madrid man admitted that it was a difficult period for him, but he is looking forward to getting back in form. Woodgate said that he is delighted to have finally made it back, and it was not at all easy for him to sit at home and watch the games on Tv.

"It was a great feeling to get back,"

"There is nothing worse than when you can't play football. Watching games is painful when you're injured but you try to spur the lads on and give them all the confidence they need. Said Woodgate.


The England international said that he knows there were a lot of people who doubted, if he would ever be back. He added that at times like this it is only your own will power, and determination that can get you through.

Woodgate was offered a loan move form Wolves in the winter transfer window, but he decided to stay with Spurs and fight for a place in the first eleven.  The current contract for him runs out at the end of the current season. Jonathan would have to work extremely hard to prove that he is fit and has the ability to last longer. Harry Redknapp has said that he admires Woodgate’s determination and would consider offering him a contract extension if he can prove his worth to the team.


After the game against Milan, Harry Redknapp said that he was impressed by the performance of Woodgate. Spurs boss added that considering Jonathan has played just one reserve game, he looked sharp and ready for the challenge.

Redknapp said that he was not sure if he should sent Woodgate on, but it was gamble that paid of well.

"I took a chance with putting Jonathan Woodgate on - he hasn't kicked a ball, he has had just one full game against a not-very-good QPR team," Redknapp said.

Jonathan Woodgate is one of the most talented, but also one of the most unfortunate English defenders. He moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid few years back, but even then his injuries plagued him for long. He did recover after a season out on the treatment bed, but after few months once again got injured and in the end was sold off by Madrid. Things did not get better for him back in England, he started well at spurs but got injured and now has comeback after almost a year and a half.  One hopes that this is the last of it for Woodgate, as he is now 31 and if he gets another injury now that really can end his career.



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