Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe believes that his metatarsal in January has proven to be a blessing.
Defoe used his rehabilitation time to bulk up in the gym, which has benefitted the forward for both club and country.
“I look back now on my broken metatarsal and actually think it was one of the best things that could have happened,” said Defoe.
“It meant I missed 11 weeks at the start of this year, and at the time it was bad news given that we were still in the middle of a relegation battle, but in the long-term that rest I had was invaluable.
“Over the years I’ve always been lucky with injuries, which means I’ve been used to playing pretty consistently throughout the season.
“Summer breaks these days are often no more than a few weeks, so I’ve always come straight back into the groove when the new campaign starts without ever having an extended break before pre-season.
“I did make it back towards the end of last season but it wasn’t more than a month or so before the summer break came along, so then I had another long period of winding down.
“During the summer I started feeling that, for the first time since the start of my career, I was really getting back to being totally fresh and in perfect physical health – it was incredible.
“I feel that extra month or so has made all the difference and I think that’s the reason I’m now producing the best form of my life.”
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