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Report: 26-year-old loanee could be shipped back to Tottenham prematurely due to lingering injury

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Harry Winks could be shipped back to Tottenham Hotspur from Sampdoria due to ankle injury

Harry Winks’ future at Tottenham Hotspur has looked to be up in the air ever since manager Antonio Conte signed Rodrigo Bentancur in January and stuck with him in midfield.

As a result, the Uruguay international and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have become our first-two options in that area. Yves Bissouma’s summer arrival further showed that Conte wasn’t best pleased with his current options on the bench.

Along with Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, Winks was also deemed surplus to requirements – at least in the short term – and sent out to Sampdoria. He was welcomed by the Italian club as a marquee signing.

But he is yet to play a single minute of football for them so far due to a lingering ankle injury. That issue has plagued him since August and Winks has supposedly had surgery to fix the issue in the past – doing so in 2018 and 2019.

However, he is yet to recover and it is unclear when he will return to the pitch. Amidst this, it makes sense that Sampdoria aren’t pleased with the situation.

According to Italian outlet La Repubblica (h/t Express), Winks could be sent back to Spurs prematurely as they do not want to pay his wages if he is not playing football. The logic makes sense.

Harry Winks was loaned to Sampdoria by Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2022.
Harry Winks was loaned to Sampdoria by Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

For them, this is, in all honesty, a waste of funds. It is also a problem for Spurs if they really don’t see a future with Winks.

It is said that Spurs have an option of ending his loan spell in January if they wish to do so. Life at Tottenham has gone on as usual since Winks’ exit and we are doing pretty well in domestic and European competitions this season.

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There isn’t really a place for him in the squad at the moment – at least that’s what it looks like – with Oliver Skipp also in contention for playing time. Hopefully, he recovers well and in time so that he could have a successful spell in Serie A.

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