Ryan Sessegnon has revealed that he worked hard to strengthen the muscle around his hamstrings during the summer break in order to ensure his past injury problems do not resurface during the upcoming season.
Despite suffering three separate injuries that saw him miss 24 games across all competitions in 2021/22 (Transfermarkt), Sessegnon had a strong end to the campaign, making the left wing-back spot in Antonio Conte’s starting eleven his own.
The 22-year-old will have to compete with summer signing Ivan Perisic for a spot in the team next season and will be hoping to stay away from injuries.
Football.London reported last month that the former Fulham man was working with fitness trainer Dan Lawrence, who was said to be putting the Spurs man through a regime to strengthen the various muscle groups in his legs.
Sessegnon has now elaborated on the work he did during the off-season, explaining that his injury problems occurred due to the lack of strength in the muscles around his hamstring.
The England Under-21 international told The Daily Mail: “I had a solid two weeks just before pre-season started. Double sessions every day, upper body, lower body and just running a lot.
“Free weights and squats, hamstring work, obviously, because of my history. Last season I was getting these injuries because places around my hamstring wasn’t very strong.
“So I’ve been doing stuff on my hips and my glutes to make myself stronger in every aspect and play more games, to have the capability to go up and down for the full 90 minutes.
“That’s my goal, to get through the season strong and play many games for Spurs.”
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This season is really a crucial one in Sessegnon’s career. At 22 years of age, he cannot just be talked about in the context of potential any longer and needs to be able to start to fulfil it.
Staying injury free for the whole of the 2022/23 campaign will be crucial if he is to prove to Conte that he can be Tottenham’s long-term answer in the left-wing-back role.
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