Summer of sacrifice pays off for Tottenham’s Ben Davies

The Tottenham Hotspur defender has been recovering from a dislocated shoulder.

Ben DaviesSpurs career didn't get off to the best of starts last season, with the Welshman playing second fiddle to a resurgent Danny Rose for the most part.

Things went from bad to worse when a slip against Southampton on April 25th led to a dislocated shoulder which brought about an early end to his debut campaign.

Since then, the 22-year old has been focused on his recovery and has forgone the usual summer holidays for an intense rehabilitation programme.

The former Swansea man spoke to the official Spurs website after Friday saw the start of pre-season at Hotspur Way

“It was always my aim to be with the group as soon as they were back in for pre-season, to be ready to go, and that work has paid off,” said Davies after a day of medical testing.

“I’ve done a lot of work, a lot of tests on both shoulders and I’ve got myself back to where I want to be. That’s a good feeling."

Davies addressed the importance of recovering in time for the start of pre-season and the return of his colleagues.

He added: “It’s a huge thing for me because I wanted to hit the ground running and not fall behind the other lads, so it’s a lovely feeling to be in a position to get the boots back on.”

Davies will be hoping to establish himself as first-choice next season but faces a difficult task after Rose’s transformation from one of Spurs’ most lambasted players to one of their most revered.

The former Leeds United youngster developed into one of the Premier League’s top full-backs in the second half of the season and will be in no mood to give up his place.

Whoever emerges on top next season, it’s safe to say Spurs’ depth at left back is the healthiest it’s been in a long while.

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