Harry Winks has revealed he is back to full fitness following the ankle injury he suffered last season.
The midfielder damaged ankle ligaments in Tottenham’s 2-0 at Burnley in April and has struggled for game time since returning at the beginning of the new campaign.
Winks completed 90 minutes for the first time this season on Wednesday as Spurs edged past Barnsley at Wembley in the third round of the EFL Cup.
After the game, the 21-year-old told reporters he is now pain-free.
“Obviously I’ve been struggling a little bit with my ankle so it was a good chance to put everything to bed, get a good 90 minutes,” said Winks.
“I feel like I’m 100 percent now. It was a perfect opportunity to really put everything behind me and just move on, and start the season from now.
“I’ve been playing with a little bit of a niggle here and there. In the last week-and-a-half or two weeks, it really started to get back to normal and I’m delighted with that.
“It’s difficult when you’re playing at 70 percent in training and you know you’re really giving it everything you can, but there’s a little bit of pain here and there, which is frustrating.
“But it’s football. Luckily enough I can say, touch wood, that everything’s OK now and it’s really feeling good and I’m feeling confident and strong.”
Having a fully fit Winks back in contention to play is a huge boost for Spurs given how impressive he was in his debut season.