The absence of Victor Wanyama has cost Spurs dearly. Not in results as such, but in terms of the overall strain up upon the squad.
Combine this with the increasingly limited cameos from Mousa Dembele and Spurs can think themselves fortunate that Harry Winks has coped so admirably with the pressure.
“Yesterday he was training alone, still not with the group, but with the sports scientist and physio. It was good. The reaction from his knee was good.
“He’s getting better every day. We’ll see if he can be available as soon as possible to help the team. He needs to feel his knee is safe and good and ready to step up again.”
The next question is when is Erik Lamela back? The snail race between the two recovering players is underway…