Tottenham's Christian Eriksen has opened up about his fitness issues ahead of this week's international fixtures. The 26-year-old, who was an unused substitute during Spurs' recent 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, has struggled for minutes on the pitch since suffering an abdominal injury in October. Eriksen is currently on international duty with Denmark, who are set to take on Wales and the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nations League.
There are few attacking midfielders in the Premier League that are held in the same regard as Christian Eriksen. Since making his debut for Spurs in 2013, the three-time Danish footballer of the year has been a guiding light for Mauricio Pochettino's side, forming strong partnerships with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, to usher in a new era of dynamic attacking football in North London.
So far this season, Eriksen has made seven appearances in all competitions for Tottenham, completing a full 90 minutes of game time on just two occasions. The 26-year-old failed to make an impact from the bench in Spurs' recent fixtures against Wolves, Man City, and West Ham, before being completely left out of Saturday's match with Crystal Palace. Eriksen has now admitted that he has been struggling with fitness since returning from injury, suggesting that the international break could help to aid in his recovery.
“I feel very good, very fresh. I haven't played that many games so I think for my body it's been good with a bit of a build-up going into every game,” said Eriksen. “My body needed it, it said take a rest. It's never fun to be injured, it's always boring being on the side, you want to go back to help the team and to be able to play. I'm happy to be back.”
Earlier this week, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino confessed that he would rather rest his players than see them risk injury whilst playing international games, but Eriksen believes that each of his Spurs teammates will step up for their respective countries if they are fit.
“Any coach in football doesn't like national team games because it's out of your hands, you can't really control what's going to happen.” he added. “It's different, but he knows as a player it's there – he did that as a player as well so he knows how it is.
“Personally as well if I'm fit and feel good I will play, it won't take anything out of that. It's always a pleasure to be with your national team.”
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