Winks set for ankle surgery

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Harry Winks
Future skipper

Harry Winks is set to undergo surgery in the coming weeks to try and solve the ankle problem which has bothered him for the majority of the year so far

Winks was handed a new five-year contract on Thursday to end what has been a season of mixed fortunes for him, beginning in April last year, when the young midfielder suffered a freak accident, crashing into a set of energy drinks bottles by the edge of the pitch at Burnley in a Premier League match.

The youngster was taken off on a stretcher with damage to his right ankle, ending what had been an impressive breakthrough season under Pochettino and he was able to fight his way back and after finally freeing himself of the pain his ankle.

He was terrific in the Champions League matches against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and Wembley, and was man of the match in the match against Liverpool among other Premier League games.

Winks’ brilliant displays earned him an England call-up and he took the opportunity with a fine display against Lithuania but injury struck again after a late lunge on him during a match against Crystal Palace early in November which saw him replaced at half-time and even though he made appearances from then on here and there, he wasn’t the same player.

Spurs sent Winks away for a change of scenery to continue his rehabilitation in Qatar, at Aspetar – one of the world’s leading orthopaedic and sports medicine hospitals and eventually the decision was then made that Winkswould have surgery on his problematic ankle this summer.

“I’m determined to go forward positively,” said Winks, speaking to Football.London. “It’s easy to dwell on the negatives and the hard stuff that’s happened this season but all I can do really is to focus on the positives. I’ve had some great times so hopefully I can take that into next year and create more memories.

He added: “I’m still young, I’m really happy that the club has made such a statement to me by offering me a long-term contract and obviously now I want to try to repay that faith by getting ready for the new season.The most important thing in the short-term is to get myself fit, get my ankle right and hopefully I can have a long, injury-free campaign next year, contribute to a lot of games and we can go on and win a trophy that we all know we want and deserve. I’d like to be a part of that.”

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