Carrick raring to go

Last updated at 16:55 12 October 2004

Michael Carrick is poised to make his long-awaited Tottenham debut after recovering from persistent ankle and knee injuries.

Carrick, a £3m recruit from West Ham at the end of August, has managed only two reserve team games since joining Spurs.

He scored against the Hammers in the first of those matches but a further setback prevented him appearing further until last night's 3-1 defeat by Charlton.

However, he did manage an hour in a private friendly at Leyton Orient last week and another full game at Stevenage has also helped his rehabilitation.

He is now hopeful of making the senior squad for the first time when Spurs go to Portsmouth next Monday.

"It is going all right, I felt fit and well after the Charlton game," Carrick told the club's official website, "I'm just a bit disappointed the match fizzled out a bit in the second half.

"My ankle is fine. I've been training for eight days now and have not had any problems. It has been frustrating, but I am fit again now and have got to look to the future."

Carrick, who turned down Pompey in the auction for his services this summer, added: "I would love to be involved on Monday night.

"It is what I came to the club for - to play in the Premiership. Hopefully I've shown that I'm fit and I'll see what happens.

"The way forward for me is to get in the first team squad and that is what I am aiming for.

"I've missed playing games, I haven't played competitive games for a while now and I'm looking forward to getting back into the cut and thrust of things."