Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has opened up on the difficulty of managing the pain in his ankle following the surgery he had a year and a half ago.
The midfielder went under the knife in May of 2018 after suffering a series of ankle problems (Standard).
He has managed to avoid injuries since then but there were worries that the 23-year-old’s ankle problems had returned when he was forced off in Wednesday night’s win against Norwich following a heavy collision with Todd Cantwell.
Jose Mourinho feared that the England midfielder could be sidelined for a few weeks (FourFourTwo) but Winks made a swift return to the team just a few days later in Saturday’s FA fourth round tie against Southampton and played the full 90 minutes.
Reflecting on the knock he picked up against Norwich, Winks told the Evening Standard: “I knew the good news the next day [after Norwich] really.
“I’ve still had pain in my ankle for the last year or so and I can’t catch a break as I keep rolling it and having problems with it.
The midfielder also admitted that he was learning to play through the pain barrier as his ankle has never had the opportunity to fully heal.
Speaking about the injury, Winks added: “I’m learning to deal with it and getting through the pain. At the moment I’m in a good kind of form and playing a lot of matches, I don’t want to stop that. The minute I felt I was able to train I told the team.”
When asked if the problem could require further surgery, he responded, “No, I don’t think it’s anything too serious. It’s more of a recurring issue that hasn’t really had time to settle and heal. It’s nothing too serious.
“Anyone who has had issues will realise it’s a bit of a nightmare to get over.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Winks came in for a lot of undeserved criticism for his form at the start of the season even though he was hardly the only player in the side who was underperforming. Although he has repeatedly showcased his proficiency in receiving the ball in tight areas and helping progress the ball from defence into attacking areas, it seems like he still divides opinion among Spurs fans. Hopefully, the midfielder establishes himself in the side under Mouriand and proves his doubters wrong.
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