The Evening Standard claims Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason is closing in on a return to first team action.
The Standard claims Mason could feature for the club on Boxing Day after picking up an ankle knock in the weekend win against Burnley.
Things didn’t look good for the Spurs star when he was taken off during the 2-1 victory, but the Standard predicts he could be part of the match day squad.
“Ryan Mason is optimistic he will be able to feature in Tottenham’s Christmas programme despite suffering an ankle injury at the weekend,” reports the paper.
“But Standard Sport understands that the damage is not as bad as the player and club first feared and that there is an outside chance Mason could be involved in the Boxing Day trip to Leicester – even though Spurs may decide to err on the side of caution.”
Caution is the best approach especially considering central midfield is one of the stronger areas of Tottenham’s squad.
It may have come as a surprise to some just how much Mason has featured for Mauricio Pochettino this season, as he continues to develop into a very solid Premier League player.
He’s a key component of the team and because of that it’s important for the club to protect him.
The fixtures come thick and fast for the club from Boxing Day into the New Year and Spurs should have enough without him to get past one of the weaker teams based on the Premier League table.
They can then retain him for a match against an arguably more difficult opponent.