Spurs midfielder opens up about managing ankle injury

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Dom Le Roy

Around this time last season, Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks seemed to have the world at his feet. He was starting matches for Spurs regularly and was putting in fantastic performances against top quality opposition including home and away against Real Madrid in the Champions Leauge.

It looked liked the midfielder was practically guanteed of a place in the England squad ahead of the World Cup. However, it all came crashing down as Winks suffered an ankle problem which meant that he needed surgery.

That effectively ended his season along with any hopes of playing in the World Cup.

Even at the start of this season, manager Mauricio Pochettino talked about having to manage Winks’ injuries and said that the 23-year-old might have to learn to play through the pain barrier. Winks admitted to being unsure about how his ankle will hold up going into the season.

It appears as if that the midfielder has now put his ankle problems behind him as he is having a great season in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield, even arguably surpassing the heights he achieved last season.

Winks has been a mainstay in the team as the likes of Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele (before he left) and Moussa Sissoko have all had time on the sidelines.

Speaking about his season so far, the England midfielder told The Independent, “It’s been fantastic, since the beginning of the season, I set some aims, I set some goals and that was just to play as many games as possible and stay fit all season and it has been good so far.

“I have played a lot of matches, which is what I wanted and hopefully fingers crossed I will stay injury free. It has been everything I wanted since the beginning of the season.

“I still have niggles here and there in my ankle which I am managing to play with.

“I have managed to somehow put that to the back of my mind and not focus on it much and probably not worry or overthink as much as I should have.”

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