England midfielder Scott Parker is feeling fresh after his recent return from injury
Scott Parker is hoping his return to fitness can help inspire Spurs to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.
The England midfielder has had a frustrating first half of the season, missing five months through an Achilles injury.
But he’s now back in the squad and made his first league start in last weekend’s game with Manchester United at White Hart Lane.
And with a tricky-looking FA Cup tie to come at Leeds United on Sunday, Parker admits he feels ready for the season’s run-in after a long spell on the sidelines.
He told TottenhamHotspur.com: “I think the break has really done me good and I feel fit and sharp.
“I touch wood when I say it, because football can come around and bite you on the backside, but I feel really good.
"I've had a few games now and I'm raring to go and get right back into it.”
Parker’s absence has also seen him miss all of England’s World Cup qualification games so far.
But with Brazil heading to a sold-out Wembley on 6 February and the qualifiers resuming in March with San Marino and Montenegro in store, the 32-year-old believes he is fit enough for action.
"I was out for five months but I was in the gym every day for the best part of four months of that time, doing conditioning and strength work,” he added.
"In a weird way I think my body needed that rest because I've played a lot of football for many years now and that was probably the longest I've been out for as long as I can remember.
"Now I'm looking to establish myself back in the (Spurs) team and push on from there."