Spurs' Ryan Mason discusses his return to the first team after injury

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

The 24-year-old was injured by Arsenal's Jack Wilshere on England duty, but he is back now and hoping to make the match against Manchester United on Saturday.

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has discussed his return to the Spurs team in the Audi Cup win over Milan, his first pre-season friendly action of the season, in an interview of the club's website.

The England international came on for the final 25 minutes alongside fellow injury returnee Hugo Lloris, after missing 8 weeks following a collision in England with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in England training, and the 24-year-old impressed with a dynamic cameo that saw him full of energy and pushing forward from midfield.

“It’s a good feeling,” Mason told the Spurs site. “It’s nice to be back out there. Last year I had quite a good season so I wanted to start pre-season, start the first Premier League game and try to keep my place but obviously it’s been frustrating to be on the sidelines lately.

“No-one likes to be injured and I’ve had eight weeks out but not missed any competitive football so you could say it’s a good time to be back!”

Mason was injured by Wilshere in June, as confirmed by the Gunners man in an interview with the Standard soon after, and the Spurs man had to miss out the two international fixtures that month, as well as much of the pre-season, as he recovered.

It is perhaps ironic that Mason made his long awaited return to the pitch just a day before Wilshere would be ruled out with another ankle problem, suffering a fracture that could rule him out for as much as two months.

Though the Arsenal man is set to miss a big chunk of the start of the season, his North London rival will be looking to build up his match fitness over the next two weeks, starting with a high-profile visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Mason made 37 appearances last season, in what his breakout campaign, scoring twice and assisting four times.

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