Premier League football again after a lengthy spell of convalescence due to an Achilles injury.

Coming on as a sub in the last 20 minutes against Reading at White Hart Lane, and narrowly missing an ambitious long-range effort in the process, Parker is successfully re-adapting to life in the Premier League.

“I didn’t think I would be out for as long as I was to be honest, but I always thought I would get back to where I need to be and it’s just about hard work now,” said Parker.

“My Achilles is fine. I just need to put in some game time and get some good training under my belt to get match fit,” he continued.

Speaking to Sky Sports about fellow England international and club team-mate Aaron Lennon’s performance, Parker stated that the diminutive speedster is playing the best football of his career.

“Over the last four or five weeks he has been unplayable really,” he said.

“He was at a different level, not just his raw pace and his threat on and around the ball but his work rate was something very special.

“I couldn’t think of anything worse if I was a full-back as him running at me. I’m sure every full-back out there has the same feeling really, he deserves a special mention – he has been brilliant.”

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