23 Jan 2013 16:25

Five months out has done me the power of good says 32-year-old England midfielder after years of heavy playing schedules - now he's raring to go!

Better out than in: Scott Parker's glad to be out in the snow not in the treatment room Better out than in: Scott Parker's glad to be out in the snow not in the treatment room

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Fancy five months off work? Reckon it would do you the power of good? Tottenham and England midfielder Scotty Parker heartily recommends it - he feels like a young pup again!

After five months out with an Achilles problem, the 32-year-old made his first Premier League start of the season in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

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.

"On a personal level I feel fine, really good. I've had a few games now and I'm raring to go and get right back into it.

Back in harness: Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United tussles with Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur Back in harness: Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United tussles with Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur

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"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.

"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 team and push on from there," he said.

"We need to stay as strong as we can and try to maintain what we've done in the first half of the season. We got some great results over the Christmas period and we need to maintain it."

Parker's return was timely, given Sandro's knee injury, which has required surgery, the Press Association report. Sandro's absence has led to suggestions Spurs could bring in Lewis Holtby from Schalke this month, rather than at the end of the season as previously arranged.

Spurs announced on January 4 that highly-rated Germany international Holtby would be joining in July.

It is understood the 22-year-old midfielder, whose father Chris is from Liverpool, would be willing to move to White Hart Lane sooner.

However, Schalke and Spurs are yet to agree a fee and there is work to do if the deal is to be done before the winter transfer window closes.

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