Carlo Cudicini has described his emotion at returning to action for Tottenham Hotspur, eight months after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle crash. The Italian goalkeeper fractured both wrists and his pelvis when his superbike collided with a car while he was riding to Spurs' training ground last November.
The 36-year-old was forced to miss the rest of last term, but made his long-awaited comeback with 45 minutes in the pre-season friendly win at Bournemouth a week and a half ago before completing the whole of Saturday's match against San Jose Earthquakes.
"I feel fine," Cudicini told his club's official website. "Of course after eight months out there was a bit of emotion at going back to the pitch, but it was a nice feeling to be back and having the chance to get minutes on the pitch. That's what pre-season's all about."
Cudicini spent the early part of the summer working overtime with coach Tony Parks at Spurs Lodge to complete his rehabilitation. "We split the rehabilitation into two parts," he explained.
"The first was in the summer and Parksy did a great job with the physio team and the doctor, and now it's the second part: hard training and going into matches. At the moment, fingers crossed, everything is going well."
Cudicini, who will hope to keep his place for tomorrow's game against New York Red Bulls, will once again battle with Heurelho Gomes to stand between Spurs' sticks this season. The pair could face further competition from Stipe Pletikosa, with manager Harry Redknapp this week confirming he was trying to sign the Spartak Moscow keeper.