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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Injuries frustrate Tottenham's Pienaar

South African midfielder says spell on sidelines has been "depressing"

Steven Pienaar has yet to feature in a Barclays Premier League game this season

Steven Pienaar admits his inability to contribute to Tottenham Hotspur's run of unbeaten form has been "depressing".

Pienaar has been blighted by injury since his arrival at White Hart Lane in January, an abdominal muscle complaint the latest setback.

The 29-year-old has been limited to just one appearance this season, in the Europa League, and watched Sunday's 3-1 win over Fulham from the bench.

Tottenham sit on the brink of the top four in the Barclays Premier League and while Pienaar accepts that breaking into a team operating at full throttle will be difficult, he is determined to prove his worth.

"It's depressing. The team is playing well and getting results, which is satisfying," he said. "But if you're not playing you don't have a hand in helping the team and as a player you always want to be part of a team that's doing well.

"If you're not part of it, it's like getting your money without doing anything. But I will definitely get my chance. There are a lot of matches this season and you just have to be patient.

"There's no way the team will perform at this level for the whole season. You just have to wait.

"You don't wish anyone to get injured, so I'll just have to wait for my chance and I believe it will come. The coaching staff have told me I have to get fit, that I've been unlucky with injuries. They believe in me and I believe in myself.

"The guys are in good form and we're on a good run. When you're injured you have to keep fighting and working hard and be patient.

"When your opportunity does come you have to prove yourself again and make sure you hold onto your place."

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Key Points

  • Pienaar says injuries have been "depressing"
  • Midfielder has missed most of the season so far
  • But South African believes chances will come at Spurs