James Maddison has revealed that his ankle injury is healing slowly but surely but admitted that he has found it quite frustrating to be sat on the sidelines.
Tottenham have had to deal with almost an unprecedented number of injuries over the last month, with Ange Postecoglou even admitting last week that he does not remember a time in his two-decade-long managerial career where he has had so many players out at the same time (Football.London).
Among all those absentees, perhaps the most consequential has been the loss of Maddison, who was arguably the best player across the Premier League until his injury against Chelsea at the start of November.
Over the last two matches, the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Dejan Kulusevski have stepped up to fill some of the creative void left by the England international’s absence but Postecoglou would want the 26-year-old back as soon as possible.
Maddison admits injury is healing slowly
Maddison remarked that he is quite restless to get back on to the pitch but admitted that he has no choice but to be patient with his rehabilitation.
The former Leicester City man told Amazon Prime Video Sport: “It’s healing well, it’s a bit of a slow burner which is obviously frustrating because like you said, I started the season so well. But it’s healing, slowly but surely.
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“This is probably the longest one [injury] I’ve had if it’s say three months, I’ve never really gone past that. It’s frustrating, you know what it’s like being injured, everyday is tough, especially at Spurs, the training ground has got the big window so the physio room is just looking perfectly out to the training pitch watching all the lads train and prepare for the games at the minute.
“You have that helpless feeling but it’s recovering well, it’s one of them, it’s going to take a bit of time, you’ve got to just accept it and then crack on with the rehab.”
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The performances of Lo Celso and Kulusevski in the number ten role means that Tottenham do not need to rush Maddison back. The club will want to ensure that the midfielder makes a complete recovery, particularly given the ankle problem seems to have been troubling him from the start of the season.