Harry Winks has played three times for Tottenham Hotspur this calendar year.

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted in his Tottenham Hotspur press conference that he is becoming increasingly concerned about Harry Winks.

The 22-year-old midfielder has only played three games in 2018 due to a troublesome ankle injury.

The Standard reported this week that Winks – now in Qatar in a bid to rectify the problem – has received an injection which is supposed to reduce the inflammation in the joint.

And the Tottenham boss has admitted that he is struggling to rest easy over the youngster’s recurring setbacks.

“Yes, I think yes,” Pochettino told Football London when asked if it’s becoming a concern.

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“He’s in Qatar doing his rehab. We’ll see what happens. We hope after that period he can come back fixing his problem and try to again stay in the group training.

“But of course we are a little bit concerned about his situation and we’re trying to fix his problem. We need to wait now to assess him and we need the news from there, but always with the hope that all is going to be good.”

If there is a silver lining to Winks’s injury problems, his absence reflects the quality of Spurs’ squad because, truthfully, Pochettino’s side haven’t missed him all that much.

Being honest, he probably wouldn’t have been playing a great deal of football regardless because Mousa Dembele, in 2018, has been nothing short of outstanding and there are much better midfielders than Winks who simply wouldn’t displace the big Belgian on this form.

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