Michael Brown claims that the Premier League lockdown has been a blessing in disguise for Tottenham and their injured stars.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Spurs midfielder believes the Lilywhites have been able to avoid rushing the likes of Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko back from their respective layoffs.
Speaking to Sky Sports earlier this week, manager Jose Mourinho revealed all his previously injured players were back in training, although he admitted they may need weeks to get up to the required fitness levels.
"I can't say they are ready to play but they are not injured"
Jose Mourinho spoke to @GeoffShreeves about the fitness levels of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 27, 2020
Brown admits that the limitations imposed on training sessions will limit the players’ progress but believes the build-up could help prevent muscular problems which are common when returning from injury.
Asked how difficult it would be for the Spurs stars to get back up to fitness, Brown told Football Insider: “They’re still limited knowing that full-contact is only when the scale of training goes up, so they’ll be able to get some things in their legs regarding fitness but I think we’re going to see a little bit of rustiness right throughout the Premier League.
“I think that’s going to help the likes of the guys who have been injured. It will enable them not to rush their return and I think it’ll be miles better for them. For each of them, he’s miles better off.
“You would hope that you wouldn’t see as many muscle strains or problems with the long-term injuries as you sometimes do.”
As well as Kane and Sissoko, who have been out since the start of 2020, Mourinho also lost Heung-min Son and Steven Bergwijn to injury.
With three attackers out of action, the Portuguese boss resorted to playing Dele Alli as a false number nine prior to the season being suspended.
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