Dawson happy to step back in

Michael Dawson insists he has no problem slotting straight back in to the Tottenham team on a regular basis.

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It has emerged that Ledley King is facing yet another spell on the sidelines with a suspected hamstring tear.

Michael Dawson insists he has no problem slotting straight back in to the Tottenham team on a regular basis after it emerged that Ledley King is facing yet another spell on the sidelines with a suspected hamstring tear.

Dawson returned from a four-month Achilles injury lay-off on Saturday to captain Tottenham to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Cheltenham in the FA Cup.

Manager Harry Redknapp will have hoped to ease the 28-year-old back in to action, but Dawson now faces the prospect of playing his second game in five days after King injured his hamstring in training on Friday.

King is expected to be out for several weeks with the injury, meaning Dawson will be at the heart of the defence again on Wednesday against Everton along with either Younes Kaboul or wantaway centre-back Sebastien Bassong, as William Gallas is out with a calf tear.

Dawson has no qualms about his manager throwing him in at the deep end after such a serious injury, however, and he is relishing the prospect of maintaining Tottenham's title push.

"I was out for three months last year and I then went out to play lots of games so it's not the first time this has happened," Dawson said.

"Injuries are hard and when you come back you need to come back and perform at the best of your ability and do what you can and I will always back myself to do that.

"I didn't feel any reaction to the injury (on Saturday). I feel good.

"You need squads because injuries will come along and everyone has to be ready, every one in the squad

"It was nice to get the game out of the way and I will go in to training this week looking forward to it."

Sandro (calf) is also out of Wednesday's game and Spurs will give a test to Scott Parker after giving the midfielder an injection in his knee last weekend.

Dawson was ruled out for two months after injuring his Achilles after the club's 5-1 defeat to Manchester City in August.

The former Nottingham Forest man suffered a setback in October however, and was forced to wait until Saturday to make his comeback.

The England international missed the majority of Spurs' Champions League group games last season with a knee injury and he has also suffered the misfortune of missing the club's excellent run in the Barclays Premier League this term.

Redknapp's men have lost just once in the 17 matches that followed Dawson's last appearance and they will move level on points with second-placed Manchester United if they beat Everton at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Dawson admits watching his team-mates perform so well from the sidelines was a frustrating experience.

He said: "Speak to any footballer that gets injured and they'll tell you it's never nice, especially with the team playing the way it is. The lads are flying.

"So it's good to be back. It's an exciting time here, definitely.

"Long may it continue. The lads have earned the right to be where they are and they deserve it. I have watched them and they are flying high so I am looking forward to being part of it and being injury free."

Tottenham's reward for beating npower League Two side Cheltenham is a fourth-round trip to Watford.

With their strength in depth, Redknapp's team should have enough to overcome their Championship neighbours and Dawson is hoping Spurs can go on a long cup run.

"We want to win the cup, definitely," he said.

"A trip to Wembley and winning it would be amazing but you have got to earn the right to do that.

"We were in the semis in 2010 and it's great. The FA Cup is special. We put a changed team out against Cheltenham and they did a professional job."



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