"Stronger" Tanganga feels positive

23 July 2021 16:57:25 GMTPlus10

Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga says he is feeling positive ahead of the new campaign after returning from an eight-week injury lay-off.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men swept aside League Two outfit Colchester United in their second pre-season friendly, as they attempt to regain a spot in the top-four in this season's Premier League - which they can be backed at 5/1 to achieve.

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Goals from Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura, and Dele Alli in the first half meant it was a comfortable evening for Spurs, who made a raft of changes at the break.

One of them was the introduction of Tanganga, who had been out injured since the penultimate game of last season with ankle ligament damage suffered against Aston Villa and he wore the captain's armband as his pre-season started in serene fashion.

Tanganga, an England under-21 international, was a breakthrough star in the 2019-20 season, but struggled with injuries last term, resulting in him making just 13 appearances in all competitions.

Centre-back slots might be up for grabs this season, however, particularly given Nuno's likeness for a back-three set-up and the age and form of his colleagues.

Speaking after the 3-0 win, Tanganga said it felt good to be back on the field and he is thinking positively ahead of the new season.

"I've said before, I had quite a tough season last year with the injuries - it was a bit unfortunate for me - but I'm just happy to be back out there with the boys, playing and training, and back to normal," he explained.

"I'm just grateful to the physios. They helped me so much, they've given me programmes to help me, my family as well, everyone. I just know I have to stay positive.

"Everything happens for a reason. It makes you come back stronger and I think that's the case."

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