Dawson desperate to return

Image: Michael Dawson: Aiming for a more productive 2012-13 season

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson intends to devote his summer to getting fit for next season after enduring an injury-hit campaign.

Spurs star aiming to come back stronger than ever

Tottenham defender Michael Dawson intends to devote his summer to getting fit for next season after enduring an injury-hit campaign. The 28-year-old was restricted to just 13 appearances this season and was unable to play any part in Spurs' disappointing run-in. The England international knows he could have been preparing for Euro 2012 if he had enjoyed a good year but instead it has been one of frustration. "The campaign started well for me but then I then had an Achilles injury early on and that needed an operation," he told Hotspur magazine. "I was back in action before Christmas and feeling fit and fantastic, but then in March I was unlucky again. "The injury itself was just a freak. It was just one of those things that happen - there's nothing you can do about it - but I knew as soon as it happened that it was serious. "I tried to get up again and when I failed I realised I was in trouble. I knew straight away that England would not be an issue for me this summer.

Single-minded

"I was fortunate to go to the World Cup and love representing my country, but I know that if I'm fit and doing well for Tottenham then hopefully I will get another call. "Now all I want to concentrate on is getting myself fully fit because I'm already looking forward to pre-season. "Normally I rest for about three weeks during the break before starting to plan for the following term by keeping myself ticking over with some stamina work - but this time I'm going away to get myself fit throughout the summer. "I'm determined to make up for lost time, have a good season and play lots of games. I'm single-minded in that because you realise how much you love the game when participation's taken away from you." Dawson admits that life on the treatment table is a mental challenge as well as a physical one.
Positive
"The medics here are great and they try to keep you positive as well as putting you right, but I find it so hard," he added. "The worst thing is hearing all the banter as the lads go out to train and being stuck behind. "The season is a long, testing one and you have to demonstrate mental as well as physical strength to come through - and those demands don't just disappear if and when you're injured. It's all still there but in a different way "I've certainly got to know Tom Huddlestone a lot better because he's hardly played at all so he's had it even harder than me. "We've been working hard together but it's great that the two of us managed to get back out there before the summer break and we can now look forward to next season and coming back stronger." With Dawson injured, he was forced to watch on as Arsenal overhauled Spurs before Chelsea's dramatic win in Munich denied Harry Redknapp's men Champions League football altogether. "We finished in the top four and you couldn't ask for much more. That was our aim at the start of the season and we achieved that," said Dawson. "True, we were disappointed to be 10 points clear in third place and then to have that steadily eroded and overtaken. "But we won a lot of tough games and picked ourselves up again after our disappointing spell to really make it start happening for us again, so we can't be too hard on ourselves. "We played some of the best football in the Premier League at times and that deserves respect."

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