Luke Amos has now opened up on how the injury he suffered last season took its toll on him both physically and emotionally.
Amos had impressed during Tottenham’s pre-season tour in 2018 and came on as a substitute to help Tottenham see off Newcastle in their first game of the campaign.
It seemed, at that point, as if the young midfielder was set to be the next academy product to break into the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino.
However, the 23-year-old suffered a ruptured ACL in September of the same year (Spurs official), which put him out of action for the entire season.
The defender, who spent the current season on loan at QPR, has now opened up on how difficult the situation was for him to deal with.
Amos told QPR’s official website: “It was one freak moment. I went to press – I must have done that a million times in my life – but this one time I went to turn then everything in my knee just crunched and clicked.
“I instantly thought, I’ve worked so hard for so long to get into this position and now it’s all going to be taken away from me. I’m so close to the first team, so close to the Premier League. That’s all I could think about.
“I limped to the changing room by myself and when I got in there I just started crying. My knee swelled up straight away, the pain was unbearable and the doctors gave me loads of pain killers but it wouldn’t stop it.
“I can remember every day of my recovery but, at the same time, it is like a blur. I tried to maximise every single second that I had a and I found energy that I didn’t know I had.
“I’d been on top of the world, was training with the first team and was one pick away from starting in the Premier League and I wanted to get back into that position as quickly as possible.
“There were days that were overwhelming, where I’d be in the gym and would have to go and hide in the altitude chamber to let some tears out and then get back into the gym.
“Emotionally, that was just as hard as physically. I had a lot of people around me who felt my pain and that helped me a lot.
“What was also really hard was when the team were doing well. I remember when Tottenham got into the semi-final of the Champions League and everyone was so happy and excited, but I was on my own working in the gym thinking ‘I’ve potentially missed one of the biggest moments of my life’.
“It made me so determined to get back, though. That was the positive, if you like. Sometimes I’d be asking for more and the physios would say ‘no, go home’ so I’d sneak into the academy gym where they couldn’t see me and would do some extra work on my upper body. I know I couldn’t have worked any harder.”
The midfielder has been able to get his career back on track with the Championship side this campaign. While he revealed that he has been enjoying his time at Rangers, he admitted that he is yet to produce his best in a Hoops shirt.
Amos added: “I played one game last season, so it’s impossible for me not to think about that when I talk about this year.
“It took some time to adjust to the Championship and I remember I wasn’t my sharpest to begin with but I’m happy to a certain extent. I’ve had some good games and games that weren’t as good but I know there is much more to come.
“It’s been a positive year compared to last year. I’m hard on myself because I know I’ve got more in me and I’m determined to show that when we do play these last nine games.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Amos hasn’t quite done enough this season with QPR to suggest that he has a future at Spurs but that was to be expected given the fact that he is coming off a terrible injury. He will want to impress Jose Mourinho when he comes back for pre-season. However, at 23 years of age, he needs to be playing regularly and I suspect he will be sold this summer.
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