Ben Davies reveals why some Spurs teammates initially feared returning to football

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Dom Le Roy

Ben Davies has admitted that he and his Spurs teammates are no longer fearing the Premier League restart, despite their initial worries.

The left-back revealed that he and the rest of the squad had their concerns about the front-line health services being used for football instead of their fight against COVID-19.

Davies also told the Elis James Feast Of Football podcast that some of the league’s leading players had debated whether it was right to return to football amidst a global pandemic.

He said: “You want to make sure everybody is safe and able to cope before football [returns]. But now we are close, we are desperate to play.

“I think the biggest concern from all of us was would it be OK to play?

“Would we be taking ambulances from the NHS to be pitch-side? Or we have got paramedics where they could be used better [somewhere else]?

“That’s a lot of the argument – football shouldn’t be the main thing that is dominating in this climate.”

It was announced earlier this month that Spurs would restart their Premier League campaign against Manchester United on June 19 (BBC).

Davies has struggled with injuries this season after suffering ankle ligament damage in November 2019, limiting him to just nine Premier League appearances this season (Transfermarkt).

However, with Danny Rose out on loan with Newcastle, the Welshman is by far Tottenham’s most senior natural left-back.

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I think it’s fair to say that there were plenty of fans who shared Davies’ concerns. However, with time those fears have relaxed and it is good to see the players feel the same too. With Manchester United on the horizon, we need the players to be fully focused on the task at hand as I think a loss would put an end to our Champions League hopes.

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