The Spurs defender is set for another spell on the sidelines after he strained his left adductor in the 1-0 win over AC Milan on Tuesday night.
Look who's back: Woodgate (right) came off the bench in Tottenham's win
It was Woodgate's first appearance for the club in 15 months following a long-standing groin problem.
But the 31-year-old remains optimistic that he is over the worst of his injury woes.
'Injuries are part and parcel of the game but you never give up,'Woodgate said. 'A lot of people said I'd never get back but I keptfighting and the comments that I'd never get back spurred me on.
Injury woe: the Tottenham man missed 15 months of first-team football
'You just have to keep going - you prove people wrong who said youwouldn't get back and you prove right those people who said you will.
'There were a lot of tough days but at the end of the day there isonly you that can get on with it and can stay mentally tough and strongand wait for your chance.
'If you want to play football again, you have to be mentally tough.There are things you have to try. I'm sure I can play a regular a partfor Spurs again. Of course I can.'
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