22 Dec, 18:00
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted his side has missed the strength of Victor Wanyama in the midfield this season.
The Kenyan international has been sidelined for more than four months after aggravating a knee injury at the start of the campaign. However, the tough-tackling midfielder is now close to returning to full fitness and Pochettino believes Wanyama could play a part in Tottenham's busy fixture list over the festive period.
- We need to see how he reacts, his knee. But it's a very good feeling from him. We will see when he can be involved again. Last season, he was such an important player for us. And this season, it's true. In a position that you need to be strong, we have missed a player like him. It will be fantastic if, as soon as possible, he can be again involved and available to be selected because he is a very good player; a very important player for us, said Poch.
The 26-year-old missed just two Premier League games for Tottenham last season as Pochettino's side finished runners-up to Chelsea in the table. However, Wanyama has managed less than 100 minutes for Spurs this season after aggravating a knee injury he originally suffered during the summer break.