Tottenham outcast addresses injury troubles after loan debut

Bongani Khumalo made his debut for Colchester United this week.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who arrived at White Hart Lane in 2011, put in a strong performance as the U’s kept a clean sheet, and he told Colchester Player that he is on the road to recovery from his injury troubles.

Having joined the U’s a few weeks ago, South African international Khumalo made his first appearance in a 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town. He has now made more appearances for the League One side than he has for Spurs, but his interview with Colchester Player suggests the reason for his lack of game time in North London.

Having impressed at the 2010 World Cup for Bafana Bafana, Tottenham paid £1.5 million to bring Khumalo to White Hart Lane at the start of 2011, but he has yet to make an appearance for the club.

Loans with Preston, Reading, PAOK and Doncaster have so far made up his English career, and his lack of presence at Tottenham has made him something of a cult figure.

It is unknown why he has never played for Spurs, although many believe it is down to a lack of quality, but speaking to Colchester Player he has admitted that injury has prevented any recent chances, and that the spell with the U’s is intended to bring him back up to match fitness.

The South African international said: “Obviously I had a bad injury, and I’ve had to work really hard to get myself to where I used to be. But I’m feeling good.

“I’ve had great support from all the medical staff at Spurs, and also in South Africa where the incident happened.

“Obviously this is just the first game, so I’m getting used to the rhythm of things in an official game, but I felt better and better as the game went on, so I’m looking forward to building on that.”

Maybe if Khumalo can work his way back to full match fitness before the start of next season, he might just make that ever elusive Tottenham appearance - and live on as a White Hart Lane cult legend.

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