21 year old Tottenham youngster Harry Winks has revealed he is soon to be able to return to full fitness, in time for Tottenham’s pre-season on the 3rd of July.
The composed midfielder enjoyed an exciting breakthrough campaign last season, earning his first start in a memorable derby victory over West Ham, during which Winks scored his first senior goal for the club, as well as debuting in the Champions League.
The youngster’s season was however cut short in April when damaging his ankle ligaments during Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
In an interview uploaded to Tottenham Hotspur’s official website, Winks opened up on the painful moment he picked up the injury. He said:
“As soon as I got the injury I knew it was quite serious. It was just my gut instinct and the pain I was in, it was something I’d never experienced before.”
“I was there in the hospital, it was tough but it’s one of those things – I try not to think about that moment because it was a horrible day.”
The damage Winks sustained on April 1st was certain to keep the 21 year old out of action for well into the Summer, but the central midfielder didn’t allow that to mask the fine season he’d had.
“Obviously the last few weeks of the season I had to miss,” He added. “And we had some big games as well – the FA Cup semi-final, the last game at the Lane, but when I look back on the season as a whole, I’m proud of myself, of what I achieved, in the sense that I played a lot of games and to achieve playing in the Champions League, FA Cup and to score in the Premier League, it was a great season for me.”
“I’m really happy with that but most importantly, you can’t rest on that and I know that – I know I’ve got to keep working hard, keep improving.”
“What’s happened has happened and the most important thing now is to kick on next season, forget about this season and look forward to improving and hopefully taking that step further.”
Winks then went on to reveal how he plans to use his off-season to focus on recovery and put in extra hours on the training pitch. He said:
“I’m obviously still rehabbing and I’ll be in a good 10 days or so before everyone, just getting myself fit, testing my ankle and making sure it’s okay to go back into full training.”
“I’ve almost got a pre-season before a pre-season just to get myself fit so hopefully I can come back in the best shape I can possibly be in.”
Got to love this boy’s spirit.
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