Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend is ready to hand manager Tim Sherwood a huge injury boost after declaring he is ready to play from the start after two cameo appearances.
Townsend has featured as a substitute in the Premier League wins against Everton and Newcastle United, but Sherwood has been unable to call upon the England international from the start since mid-December after a hamstring injury.
The 22 year old has been out since the League Cup defeat to West Ham United and has been absent throughout a run a seven wins in 11 matches but ahead of the resumption of the Europa League and the sharp end of a league campaign in which Tottenham are pursuing a Champions League place, Townsend is ready to make a full return.
"It's been a tough couple of months for me," conceded the Tottenham youngster.
"I picked up my hamstring injury when I was in the form of my life, so it was disappointing to have that setback.
"It was good to come back against Everton and to play another half-hour at Newcastle was great for me. It's been a long time coming. Hopefully I'll push on, get some starts and help the club to have a successful season.
"It's the first real injury I've had in my career, the first time I've really missed more than one match," he added.
"It was difficult but you have to come back stronger. I've had that little rest now and I'm looking to kick on again.
"You have to take the plus side – I played a lot of games in the first six months of the season and (the spell out) was a chance to rest, take a step back and come back stronger for the rest of the season."
Following a campaign during which Townsend has broken through at White Hart Lane and thrust himself into contention to feature for England at the 2014 World Cup, the season has taken a sour turn for the former Leeds loanee.
With domestic and European commitments, Townsend will have ample opportunity to impress with Tottenham this term and cement his World Cup spot but he must hope for no more injury setbacks.