We were just starting to see the best of Paulinho when our old adversary Charlie Adam sentenced the Brazilian to a month on the sidelines during last month’s win over Stoke. Fortunately, our midfielder is now back to full fitness and challenging for a place in the starting XI for this week’s games.
“I had an injury against Stoke, a difficult situation for me because I never had that injury before,” Paulinho told the club’s official website.
“Now I have to work hard in training and do my best to give the manager another option.
“I will work hard and see how it goes.”
The 25 year old had received praise from Tim Sherwood prior to his set back, suggesting that he could walk straight back into the side.
“It’s nice when the manager says these things. I just give my best for the team. I don’t play alone,” he added.
“I only play well when my friends and colleagues help me. I always give my best for the team and the squad.
“The table looks good at the moment. We have a big match against City now and if we can win this match, it could be very important for us.”
That game with City may come too soon for the Brazilian but should Paulinho be back in the starting XI when Spurs line up against Everton at the weekend?