The powerful midfielder endured a 13-month wait on the sidelines after picking up an ankle problem at the start of last season, and is now determined to impress Andre Villas-BoasTottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone is hoping he can force his way into Andre Villas-Boas' plans after finally making a return from injury.
The 25-year-old sustained serious ankle damage during a Europa League play-off game against Hearts back in August 2011, and was subsequently sidelined for 13 months.
Huddlestone has come through two 90-minute appearances unscathed this season against Carlisle and Panathanaikos and the midfielder insists he is now looking to the future after a difficult period in his career.
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"It’s been depressing at times," he told the club's official website.
"But I’ve close family and friends who have been supportive and luckily, there was always going to be light at the end of the tunnel, and that’s been the case.
"This pre-season and into the season I’ve been fully fit and I’ve got a couple of games under my belt so far.
"It was frustrating last season not being to contribute. Hopefully now I’m over the worst of it, I can kick on and try to force my way back into the team."