There will be a welcome boost for Tottenham Hotspur once the football season returns as winger Steven Bergwijn is ‘making progress’ in his recovery from an ankle injury.
The Netherlands international suffered the blow in the 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on March 7 and was seen leaving the stadium after the match in a protective boot.
The injury was diagnosed as a ‘significant sprain’ to the left ankle that would rule him out for several weeks which curtailed his momentum following a blistering start to his Spurs career in which he scored a spectacular volley against reigning champions Manchester City on his debut.
Bergwijn joined Tottenham at the end of the January transfer window in a £26.7million deal from PSV Eindhoven after spending nine years with the Eredivisie side.
The 22-year-old has stepped up his rehabilitation recently and spoke about having a positive mindset to help him get through the injury.
“I’m making progress,” he told the Club’s official website.
“As you can see, I can walk now and today (Thursday) I’ll get my new boot, so that’s good news.
“At the moment I got the kick (at Burnley) I thought it was serious. I was in so much pain and that night, I couldn’t sleep. It was bad, but we’re making progress and I’ll come back stronger.”
The football season in England was postponed before the round of fixtures on March 14 due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and matches won’t be played against until April 30 at the earliest.
The spread of the virus has given everyone a sense of perspective on life, including Bergwijn, who mentioned the difficulties it has caused in his homeland.
“It’s a difficult time for everyone,” he added. “I see now in Holland it’s crazy, how people have to stay at home. I don’t know… difficult times.
“We have to stay together in this difficult time, but it’s not only about us, now it’s about families and the people outside (the Club).
“It’s not about football anymore. It’s about your health and that’s (most) important.”
Tottenham currently sits eighth in the Premier League and are seven points away from a Champions League place.