Bouma targets Carling Cup return

03 February 2010 03:15
Bouma made his latest comeback when he completed 90 minutes for the reserves against Chelsea at Villa Park on Monday.[LNB]The left-back had suffered a dislocated ankle before a toe injury in October further delayed his comeback.[LNB]But now Bouma is hoping he can be part of Martin O'Neill's plans for the Wembley meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson's side on February 28.[LNB]First choice left-back Stephen Warnock is currently out of action with a shin problem, while Nicky Shorey has joined Fulham on loan for the rest of the season.[LNB]Dutch international Bouma said: "I am working every day really hard.[LNB]"It's up to me to get fit, then it will be up to the manager whether he needs me to be involved (in the Carling Cup).[LNB]"But obviously that's something that's still in my head because it's something that won't come along very often. This is a final and, if I can be part of that, I would be thrilled.[LNB]"I will take one step at a time and I just want to get back as quick as possible. If I am involved with the boys (at Wembley) that would be great.[LNB]"I am really glad Villa are doing so well but, because I was injured for such a long time, I just want to be back and part of things again."[LNB]Bouma, 31, was determined to remain upbeat during his lengthy absence.[LNB]He added: "Was it hard to stay positive? Sometimes yes, but then if you've got a goal - and that's what I had - it can help you.[LNB]"I knew in my mind what I wanted to achieve, and that was getting back out on the pitch and being part of the first team again.[LNB]"I knew it would take a while. I just had to work hard. The toe injury in training didn't come at a good time but then injuries never come at a good time. It's now behind me."[LNB]Bouma's last senior appearance was against BK Odense in an Intertoto Cup tie in July 2008.[LNB][LNB] Tottenham 11/10, Draw 12/5, Aston Villa 5/2  

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