Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed that he is still yet to resume trailing as a slow rehabilitation from a persistent thigh problem continues, but when pressed by the Evening Standard is still targeting a return for next weekend's North London derby.
Ramsey is yet to feature for the Gunners in 2014 after suffering a thigh problem on Boxing Day against West Ham United, a problem he aggravated before an attempted comeback for the trip to Southampton in January.
Before falling foul of injury the Welsh international was in the form of his career, a consistent goal threat which Arsene Wenger's have sorely missed.
The 23-year-old is finally expected to rejoin his team-mates in full training next week, telling the Evening Standard after winning the Willow Foundation's Player of the Year at the London Football Awards last night that he is desperate to return and help Arsenal win silverware this season.
Ramsey said: “It was definitely a big blow to get injured. I have had a couple of setbacks since but I am itching to get back out there and try and achieve something special this season.
“We put ourselves in a great opportunity early on and hopefully we can see it through now.
“I’m not back in full training yet, I’m outside with the fitness coaches. Hopefully, I will be back in time for the Tottenham game, that’s my target but we will just have to wait and see.
"I want to get back out there and help the team achieve what they want to."
Despite spending nearly three months on the sidelines Ramsey is still Arsenal's second-top goalscorer, netting 13 times in 27 appearances.
That form is widely reported to have earned the former Wales skipper a bumper new contract with the Gunners, worth in the region of £100,000-a-week.
Wenger desperately needs the playmaker to be back and firing all cylinders at the earlier possible opportunity, particularly after Jack Wilshere was ruled out for six weeks with a broken bone in his foot suffered on international duty earlier this week.