May 25, 2024

In a major boost for Tottenham ahead of Friday night’s FA Cup matchup with Manchester City, Ange Postecoglou has stated James Maddison is ready to return. However, the England star is eager to make up for lost time.

Despite missing out on action since suffering an ankle injury in November’s 4-1 loss to Chelsea, Maddison has participated fully in training this week.

On Thursday, Postecoglou called the 27-year-old a “force” in the locker room, expressing his optimism for a similar kind of comeback to the one that saw Kevin De Bruyne return for City and secure a 3-2 victory against Newcastle two weeks prior.

Regarding Maddison’s training this week, Postecoglou remarked, “You wouldn’t know that he’s missed so much.”

“The quality is evident immediately.” Everyone is aware of it. He has a nice physical appearance.

He is the type of person who wants to make up for lost time and start having an influence right away.

Despite having 84 shots on goal overall, City has not scored in any of their five trips to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

It’s unclear if Maddison would be considered healthy enough to start on Friday night since Son Heung-min is still with South Korea at the Asian Cup. Spurs recently sent Maddison to Dubai with a physio so he could receive rehabilitation in a new setting.

“It was difficult for him,” Postecoglou remarked. “Because he truly loves football, the atmosphere of football teams, and the locker room.”

He functions somewhat as a force in that. Every player finds it difficult to go through rehab, but a character such as him finds it particularly difficult.

In the midst of it, we did send him go. We thought that him traveling with his family was a positive thing.

We sent him with a physiotherapist. That assisted in bridging that period. He felt rejuvenated when he returned from that.

Postecoglou was also questioned regarding Joe Lewis and whether Tottenham will be affected by his plea of guilty to insider trading in a US court.

The Spurs manager stated, “That’s about seven galaxies outside of my universe, mate, and that’s the truth.”

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