Wanyama hands Pochettino a Christmas bonus

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Victor Wanyama is expected to return from a four-month layoff during our festive programme according to The Evening Standard.

The Kenyan midfielder recently stepped up his rehabilitation after a knee injury with contact work in training and Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with his progress.

The article added how the club were keen to avoid surgery for Wanyama and they have followed what assistant manager, Jesús Pérez, described as a programme of “conservative measures”. It adds it was something similar the club did with Danny Rose, who also had a serious knee problem but, in Danny’s case, the left-back was not able to push himself in training and he eventually had an operation keeping him out for eight and a half months.

The article goes on to say that Spurs believe their decisions over Wanyama will be vindicated, even if he has not played since the second game of the season against Chelsea with the issue being with the lining in his knee joint capsule and which first flared up during pre-season training in July.

The article goes on to say that according to Pérez, Wanyama twice reported discomfort on the same day. It adds that he played the first 45 minutes in the first friendly against Paris Saint-Germain in the USA and his knee did not feel right with Wanyama then not featuring again in pre-season and then he suffered a bad reaction after the Chelsea match.

“He came back to training with the team on Wednesday,” Pochettino said. “Now we need to see how the knee reacts but it’s a very good feeling from him. It will be fantastic to have him back. He was such an important player for us last season and it’s true that we have missed a player like him this season – in a position where you have to be strong.”

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