Michael Dawson took centre stage for once at England’s press conference yesterday and spoke of his fears over the injury that he sustained on his last international outing.

Dawson made a welcome return to the Spurs’ defence on Saturday after a one match ban, following his sending off at Fulham the previous week. Speaking about the injury he picked up against Bulgaria he said:

“The game started so well against Bulgaria but then came the bad injury. It looked a lot worse at the time and everyone was saying to me ‘be prepared for eight months out – the whole season’. I did my ankle and knee at the same time. Everyone thought it was my cruciate but thankfully it wasn’t.”

Spurs’ fans too have been thankful that the eight month prognosis turned out to be wrong. Given his performances, and the injuries at the club, he was a welcome sight in the starting line up against Bolton. Dawson went on to talk about our nervy victory on Saturday.

“It was a massive relief to get the win and six points in a week is a great return, when Niko scored it was a massive moment for us. Every point is vital at this stage.”

Above anything else, we hope that this time, Dawson comes back from England duty unscathed.

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