Dele Alli admits last season was tough on a personal level and is hoping to put his injury issues behind him in the new campaign. Late back to Tottenham after England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals, 12 months ago, his start to last season was hindered by a hamstring complaint that flared up again in January, keeping him out for two months.
A fractured hand in April compounded matters in a campaign that saw Alli fail to scale the heights achieved previously for club and country, and he is determined to make amends in this campaign. “It’s the most injuries I’ve ever had and it’s tough not just physically but mentally as well,” he said.
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“You have to dig deep. Sitting in the treatment room and watching the lads train and watching at games is not nice. It’s not nice to be on the sidelines. “You obviously want to be out there helping your team. We had a great season as a team but individually I was disappointed to get the injuries. I’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen again.” Asked if a better summer break can help heading into the new campaign, he said: “Yeah, hopefully.
It was obviously a difficult season for me in terms of injuries. “It was the most injuries I’ve ever had in one season. I’ve got to use it all to go forward and not think about it in a negative way. “Every time I got injured, I was trying to come back as strong as I could, have a break and use the time to work on the things that weren’t quite right, keep building and come back stronger. “I feel like I’ve done that. I’ve got to keep working on those things throughout the season. I feel like I used the time well.”