Tottenham Hotspur star Dejan Kulusevski says he can ‘finally sleep’ after return from injury vs Liverpool
Dejan Kulusevski finally made a return from his injury in Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat against Liverpool at N17 on Sunday (6 November).
The Lilywhites forward missed 10 games across competitions for us prior to this owing to a thigh injury. He was brought on with 22 minutes left on the clock against the Reds and with the scoreline at 2-0.
He made an instant impact and assisted Harry Kane to pull one back for Tottenham in the 70th minute. Spurs lost the game but it marked a very important return from injury for the Sweden international.
He was initially expected to be back sooner but he suffered a setback during his rehabilitation. Kulusevski said that he struggled to sleep during those weeks as he was anxious about his fitness situation.
Speaking in an interview with Evening Standard, he said:
“Now I can sleep! I can be happy at least that I’m back, as I love to play and love to play for this club. Bad result, but finally I’m back.”
“…it’s hard at this age, especially for me, as I [find it] very hard to accept that I’m injured, because you always think you are a machine. It’s always tough but you just have to accept it and do the small things.”
Sweden are not going to the FIFA World Cup after losing to Poland in the qualifiers. But Kulusevski is still eager to ‘take it easy’ and focus on ‘building’ his skills during the break that is about to ensue.
There are still two games left for us this month before the season comes to a halt for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. We face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Wednesday (9 November) in the EFL Cup.
This is a game that we could see off without Kulusevski and not risk his fitness. However, it wouldn’t be wise to completely overlook a Tricky Trees side fresh off beating Liverpool in the Premier League.
Three days later, we take on Leeds United. It is important that we start winning games again. We were once billed as title challengers this season but high-profile losses to Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Liverpool have set us back big time.
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It is clear that Kulusevski is one of our main men up front alongside the likes of Kane, Son Heung-min, and Richarlison. When he is fit and in form, there are hardly any better 22-year-old footballers in world football.