Scott Parker used the unlikely setting of Tottenham’s under 21 Premier League tie with Sunderland to make a return to footballing action and after coming through unscathed, the 32 year old is looking at a possible place in Spurs’ first team squad for Swansea this weekend.
The issue for Scott is the people in front of him and in particular Sandro, who has returned to his immense best after his 2011-12 campaign was itself beset by injury.
Parker was Harry’s general and a man who could rely on being inked in on any team sheet but Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to bring the player back in at the expense of such a key member of the side. Injury to Sandro or conceivably Aaron Lennon would free up a vacancy but for now, the midfielder will have to bide his time.
Scott Parker will remain an important figure on the bench but will that be enough to keep him satisfied at this stage of his career?