Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies has revealed that he struggled with injury throughout last season.
The Welshman was told before last season that his groin problem would go away with rest and the injury became so severe that he would be crippled with pain.
Davies went under the knife shortly after Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in June, where he watched the game from the bench as an unused substitute.
With Danny Rose suspended for the trip to Everton this afternoon after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Anfield last weekend, Davies could find himself back in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven.
Davies has only appeared three times in the Premier League for Spurs this season, with Pochettino having opted to start Rose at left-back for the majority of top flight matches.
The Neath-born player admitted that the injury weighed so heavily on his mind that even during the warm-up before a match he was unsure whether he would be able to get through the game.
‘I was struggling with a groin problem all last season,’ Davies told The Mail.
‘I came back from the summer (2018) being told the problem would go if I rested it but it didn’t. After games, I was crippled with pain for a couple of days.
‘Going into games sometimes I was thinking in the warm-up, I don’t know if I will be able to get through it. I got to the end of the season on a few painkillers or whatever,’ he reveals.
‘In the end, I had an operation, the day after I played for Wales, after the Champions League final. It was called a double groin repair. It was something I needed to do.
‘I didn’t have much of a summer holiday. I went to California but took a physio with me and literally worked every single day.
‘I was a little bit concerned things weren’t going perfect when I came back from rehab but now I feel honestly perfect so I am very grateful to feel I am over that injury.’
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