Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Kieran Trippier will be struggling with his groin problem for a while and urged him to find a way to play through it
The English full-back made his return to Spurs for Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Southampton after last appearing for the club on November 10.
But Trippier’s comeback didn’t go to plan as he was withdrawn after 87 minutes with the same injury that he sustained at the World Cup.
While resigned to further setbacks, Pochettino hopes Trippier will find a way to get through it.
“I think it’s the same problem, the same problem that started in the World Cup,” said Pochettino, according to HITC.
“If you remember the semi-final against Croatia, when he left the pitch. Then I think to play after three days against Belgium, I think maybe it affected a little bit. Now he’s suffering in that situation.
“It will be a long period for him suffering this type of problem. When I was in Argentina as a 19-year-old I suffered and it is an area that is difficult to sort out.
“But I don’t believe it’s a big thing. It’s only he needs to start to accept that situation and live with sometimes some pain and play.”
Goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min were enough to seal Spurs a 3-1 win over Southampton.
Pochettino’s side, who are now third in the Premier League, will next face Leicester City on Saturday away.