Poch - Trippier must play through pain barrier
Mauricio Pochettino says Kieran Trippier must learn to deal with the groin injury that has hampered his season.
The England international initially picked up the injury during the Three Lions World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia during the summer, although he returned to action a matter of days later when they faced Belgium in the third-place play-off.
Pochettino feels that quick return has had a lasting effect on Trippier, who featured for the first time in nearly a month during Spurs’ 3-1 victory over Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday.
However, the former Burnley star was forced off late in that match as the problem flared up once again and Pochettino admits it is something the full-back will have to learn to deal with, as it appears to be a long-term issue.
"I think it's the same problem that started in the World Cup. The semi-final against Croatia, when he left the pitch and then he played after three days against Belgium, and now he is suffering," Pochettino told reporters.
"We need to care a lot about him, we need to protect him, he needs to care a lot to solve that problem. It will be a long time suffering with this type of problem.
"He needs to start to accept the situation, and live with some pain, and play."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.