Tottenham midfielder Wanyama sure he will get back to best form
PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 April 2019
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The former Southampton and Celtic midfielder only has two years left on the five-year contract he signed at Spurs in 2016
Victor Wanyama is confident he can rediscover his best form for Tottenham Hotspur and help them finish the season strongly.
The ex-Southampton and Celtic midfielder has endured a tricky campaign with a knee problem troubling him for long periods.
It has restricted him to 14 appearances this season, but since the latest international break he has been available for selection and started Saturday's 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.
Previously his last start for the club was a month earlier, but now he is fit again, he is eager to make a mark.
“It's been a difficult season for me in terms of injuries. I've been out for a long time and trying to come back, working hard at the training ground, in the gym,” Wanyama said.
“Now I've started feeling better, feeling strong again and I'm glad I'm getting back to my fitness again.”
Wanyama, 27, was a key player for Tottenham during the 2016/17 campaign when Spurs finished second to champions Chelsea.
Since then, the Kenya captain has struggled with injuries, but on top form, he can be one of the best defensive midfielders in England.
Given the fixture list Spurs are currently in the middle of, boss Mauricio Pochettino will need all of his players available.
Tottenham will take on Manchester City tonight (Wednesday) in the quarter-finals of the Champions League leading 1-0 from the first leg.
After facing Pep Guardiola's team at the Etihad, Spurs will do battle with them there again on Saturday in the Premier League in a 12.30pm kick-off.
Days later, on Tuesday, Brighton & Hove Albion will visit Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for another league encounter which is important for both sides.
Pochettino will hope everyone is fit and raring to go for a hectic period and can count on Wanyama again in the middle of the park.
Asked whether he was worried about not returning while doing his rehabilitation, the 27-year-old said: “No, it was just frustrating, getting behind.
“It's difficult trying to get fit and also the season was going quickly. I'm glad that I've put it behind me and now I'm getting stronger again and getting back to my best.”
While Wanyama has been on the sidelines, he has seen team-mate Moussa Sissoko step up and take his opportunity.
The Kenyan admitted watching the Frenchman rediscover his best form following a bad time at Tottenham has been inspiring.
Wanyama added: “He's enjoying himself now. He's worked hard as well. He didn't give up and he's a good example.”
Given the injuries to Harry Winks and Eric Dier, Pochettino could play a midfield which includes both Sissoko and Wanyama this evening.
Spurs are braced for a challenging night against City in the Champions League, but they have confidence after not conceding in the first leg.
“We know it's tough. We have to be at our best and then we'll see. We know they're a good side, so we have to prepare well,” Wanyama told this title.
“We have a good team spirit and a good togetherness. We work well as a team and if we're focused and we give everything then I don't think anyone can beat us.”
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