Harry Winks has been out of action for a few weeks now and Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield has been the weaker for his absence. Spurs fans have been holding out hope that the academy graduate might yet play a role in Spurs’ Premier League run-in, or in the Champions League, but those hopes were dashed today. The club announced via social media that Winksy has undergone surgery today to correct his groin injury, which will cause him to miss the rest of the season.
@HarryWinks has today undergone groin surgery.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 29, 2019
The @England midfielder will be monitored by our medical staff as he continues his recovery before commencing rehabilitation.#COYS pic.twitter.com/oaJtqvaRc3
Poor Winksy. I don’t really know what else to say. Obviously the groin injury he picked up was more serious than everyone thought, but perhaps Spurs’ physio team thought that there was maybe a chance he could work his way back to fitness in time to have a role in Tottenham’s remaining games. While the release doesn’t say that Winks is out for the season, I can’t see any other outcome from this announcement.
Groin injuries can be pernicious and long-lasting, and if the club thought that there was no chance he’d be ready in time for any of Spurs’ remaining games then the decision for him to undergo surgery makes a lot of sense. By doing it now, he’ll get a jump start on his recovery and will hopefully be fit and ready by the time the new season starts in August. It does call into question, however, whether Winks will play any role with England this summer as they go through EURO qualification and the Nations League. That’s a bummer too, considering Winksy missed out on the World Cup last summer due to another injury.
Winks has proven to be an important part of Spurs’ midfield in the past and I see no reason to think he won’t be in the future. Recover well, Harry.