Harry Winks has revealed how frustrated he has been with his consistent injury problems which have left him down and out:
“It’s been tough and when you go through a nine-month injury, you are angry about so many things.
“I know it’s part of football. It is what it is. I have to make sure I’m working the hardest I’ve ever worked to get back to where I was and then push on again.
“People always say ‘you’ll come back stronger’ and at the start, I thought ‘yes, I will’ but when you get into it, you really understand that sentiment.
“I’m pushing myself mentally and physically every day. It’s literally blood, sweat and tears. I’ve had cries in the gym. Mentally, it’s like a battle daily.
“The drive for me is to make sure I get through every day without fail. If I want to get to where I want to be, I can’t do anything but give my all every day. That’s the way I see it. I have my end goal and I’m doing everything to make sure I get there.
“It’s a six to nine-month injury and I’m nearly six months in. At the start, I thought to myself ‘can I get back in six months?’ but the specialist said with the season ending in May, there was no point coming back for a couple of weeks when I can aim for May, June and then into pre-season training in July.
“Everything I do now is focused on the first day of pre-season and I’m working towards that when I get there, I’m not just in good shape but the best shape I can possibly be.
“I’m doing a lot on the pitch at the moment. I feel like a footballer again! I’m working with the ball, passing, dribbling, high-intensity running, twisting, and turning. The finishing line is in sight.”