Jermaine Jenas hopes his injury problems are finally behind him after returning to the starting line-up in Sunday's north London derby.
The former Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United midfielder had not started a Tottenham game in 2009 because of a calf injury and was pleased with his display in the goalless draw against Arsenal.
He told the club's official website: "I was so excited in the build-up and I'd been looking forward to the game for a while because derbies are always good games to play in.
"I'd been rushing the injury to be honest because I was so eager to get back. People told me to slow down but, when you're so keen to get out there and help the lads, you make those mistakes.
"So it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt after playing 45 the weekend before, and it was good to be back in general.
"We were disappointed we didn't win but we looked a lot more solid as a team and we were positive with all our play.
"We could have been more productive in the final third, but that will come and we've given ourselves a base to build on."