Kyle Walker: What I found 'crazy' about being out of Tottenham's first team

Kyle Walker

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has explained what it was like to be out of the first team for an extended period.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has described to the club’s website what he found the most difficult challenge while he was out of the side injured.

Walker was one of the club’s most consistent players through to February last year before he picked up an injury which kept him out for an extended period of time and caused him to miss the start of this season.

“The mental side of it is crazy and I found that difficult. The only positive thing was being able to see more of my young son than I would normally!” said the defender.

“It was tough and being injured can be a lonely place. But there is always light at the end of the tunnel.”

Walker has since regained his position as first choice for his club side under Mauricio Pochettino, with his recent form rewarded with a call up by England boss Roy Hodgson.

There has been evidence that he’s been struggling recently, with a poor performance in the defeat at Manchester United, but he seems to be mentally fully switched on.

It would have been very easy for him to slip into a negative mentality and to grow frustrated by that performance, with so much at stake for Tottenham over the next two months to the end of the season.

However, if he can use it as motivation and funnel it into something more productive, that should help him to secure more positive performances than underwhelming ones.

He’s one of the most experienced right-backs in the Premier League and can hopefully play a big role as Tottenham push for a top four place.

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