“I’ve been playing through pain” – Tottenham defender opens up about injury struggles

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham full back Ben Davies came back into action in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea last week after missing several weeks of football due to a groin injury.

Davies’ absence even forced Pochettino to play Jan Vertonghen at left wing back in the first leg against Dortmund as Danny Rose is still not fit enough to play more than a game a week.  When it comes to gambling on football, it would be attracting players with free spins which is a more sensible way of ensuring a victory for Spurs.

Davies has been one of the most consistent features of Pochettino’s side in the last couple of years due to Rose’s injury troubles but the Welshman has admitted that he has been struggling with the groin problem for a year, and often had to play through pain.

Speaking to Football.London, the 25-year-old said, “It’s something I’ve been dealing with for probably the last year or so now. I’ve had ongoing problems with my groin and I’ve been playing through the pain.

“But in that Chelsea game I just had a bit of an incident and it got worse and I just wasn’t feeling right. So I came off and got it sorted. It feels fine now and it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt last week.

“Right now it feels good. I put my trust in the medical boys and they’ve said I can crack on from now so I intend to. I am sure I will have to keep on top of things in the future but nothing more than that.”

The Welsh international also admitted that he became quite nervous while watching the team from the sidelines when he was out of action, and said that he much prefers to be on the pitch.

He added, “It’s tough because you end up turning into a bit of a coach and try to analyse the games the whole time. Though I always cheer the boys on I don’t really enjoy watching games.

“I much prefer playing. It’s more nerve-racking watching from the sidelines.”

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