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Alonso targets place in Bolton line-up

Bolton defender Marcos Alonso is ready to fight his way back into first-team contention after missing a large part of the season due to injury.

The Spaniard has been out for almost three months after he suffered a recurrence of a foot injury in December's Barclays Premier League match against Blackburn but with two reserve games under his belt, the 21-year-old says he is ready to make a return - hopefully starting with this weekend's FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham.

"More than the scorelines, on a personal level a big part of these two (reserve) games were to see how my foot felt and of course my physical condition," Alonso told the club's official website, www.bwfc.co.uk.

"Overall I feel really good and the foot feels great. These last two reserve games were exactly what I needed. I feel a lot more confident now in my foot and my fitness.

"I know I've got to keep working hard and hopefully I can get into the first team. We have 10 games left in the Premier League, each on their own merit a cup final for us because we want to win every one of them.

"I feel confident we can climb the league table and make sure we stay in the league. I want to be part of the side and if the gaffer asks me to come in and do a job for the first team then I'm confident in my ability. After my injury I'm ready to play more football."

Alonso is keen to make an impact this weekend when the Trotters travel to White Hart Lane to face Spurs in the last eight of the FA Cup.

Bolton lost out to Stoke at the semi-final stage last season, but despite their battle to ensure Premier League survival, Alonso insists Owen Coyle's side are committed to making it to Wembley once again.

"We are all disappointed with the way we lost in the (FA Cup) semi-final at Wembley last season," he said.

"Even though people may say we are more focused on the league, that doesn't mean we'll be taking the weekend's game against Tottenham lightly. We want to win and get to Wembley again. I'd love to be involved against Tottenham, but for now we'll just have to wait and see."

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