Harry Winks has returned to training with Tottenham this week as he steps up his bid to be fit for the Champions League final, according to the Independent.
They report that the England midfielder chose to have an operation on his troublesome groin in April, with the intention of being fit for the Madrid showpiece – should Tottenham make it.
Of course they have, and now the long break between the domestic season finishing and the June 1 final date is being used by Winks to do all he can to get himself fit.
The report indicates that his return to training means he is on track to be fit to take the field against Liverpool, because he will have had almost two weeks of sessions before the match.
Winks has also been named in England’s provisional squad for the UEFA Nations League next month, and his progressing recovery also boosts his chances of being named in the finalised 23.
But Winks had the foresight and ambition to take a short-term absence in order to give himself the best chance of being fit for the Champions League final – and the signs are that it’s working.
Winks is, along with Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, battling against the clock to boost Mauricio Pochettino’s options for the biggest game in the club’s history.