“He’s ready” I can’t bench my star Boy although is just back from long term injury but his performance in training is incredible

Rodrigo Bentancur celebrates with the fans after making his return in the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park

Ahead of his return at Selhurst Park, Bentancur had lost all thoughts of his knee from his mind and any concerns associated with the ACL.

“I felt like I was ready to come back. I started to train pretty much normally. Luckily the knee is ready. I don’t think about the knee anymore. I don’t have any fear, I feel fine,” he said. “The only thing I need now, like all players after eight months without playing, is to play again and get some minutes. Then, to do my best when the manager needs me.

“I found out the day before the Crystal Palace game [that I would be playing]. That was when the squad list came out and I knew I was going to be part of the team that went to the game.

Rodrigo Bentancur has revealed just how many sessions he’s put in to make his return for Tottenham and also what Ange Postecoglou told him during a chance encounter.

The Uruguayan midfielder damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a match at Leicester City in February and after plenty of determination and hard work, the 26-year-old returned eight months later to come off the bench late on in Tottenham‘s victory at Crystal Palace to a rapturous reception from the fans and his team-mates.
In a new interview on the club’s SpursPlay channel, Bentancur has spoken about the moment he suffered the injury and the long road back to play for a new manager in Postecoglou.

“At the time I felt a ‘crack’. I felt something really painful and for a few minutes I could barely walk. I remember after the game I spoke to the doctor, and I asked him to be honest with me and tell me what the injury looked like to him,” he said.

“He said that I heard that noise then it’s likely to be the ACL. So I then had it in my head that it was going to be a long recovery. So then I prepared mentally for seven to eight months of recuperation. I think on the second or third day it was when it dawned on me how long I’d be out for. I was with my girlfriend, and I think that was the only day where I had to leave the room to go and cry.

“My family were there from minute one, then all the rest of the family in Uruguay who supported me from the beginning as soon as they found out about my injury. I tried to make the most of the time I had with my family, and all the time that I spent with them I wouldn’t change for anything. I think this also helped to get through the recovery a lot more quickly”

Bentancur – known by his nickname Lolo around the club – delivered an insight into just how much work and how many recovery sessions have gone into his battle to get himself back into a condition to play again.

“Throughout the eight months, I didn’t have serious problems or inflammations. My knee reacted well to all the work we did, every time we had to change direction or increase the weights,” he explained.

“I’ve trained a lot. In the last three months I’ve trained from Monday to Saturday here with the club. Then separately I’ve trained with my uncle every day in extra shifts. We’ve trained a lot to be able to get back in the shape I was before.

“So, as a minimum, I’d train 10-11 times a week. So in the last three months, I’ve done about 120 sessions. It felt good, but obviously it’s not the same as being able to train with your team-mates and play football.”

When the Uruguayan was injured he was one of the star players under Antonio Conte and since then the club have had two interim head coaches in Cristian Stellini and then Ryan Mason before Postecoglou took the reins and has Spurs flying high at the top of the Premier League table.

Bentancur says the Australian, who calls him Roddy, soon had some words of advice for him and showed his belief in the midfielder not long after he arrived at the club.

“I remember I bumped into the manager by the stairs. He asked me how I was, how I was feeling, how the injury was,” he said. “He gave me his trust from minute one, telling me to take it easy, to make sure that I came back fully fit and that there was no rush, and also to try to come back at the same level that I left because I was playing really well.
“Now it’s just about getting back up to speed gradually, and to try and get back to the levels that I was before. That’s the idea.”

Ahead of his return at Selhurst Park, Bentancur had lost all thoughts of his knee from his mind and any concerns associated with the ACL.

“I felt like I was ready to come back. I started to train pretty much normally. Luckily the knee is ready. I don’t think about the knee anymore. I don’t have any fear, I feel fine,” he said. “The only thing I need now, like all players after eight months without playing, is to play again and get some minutes. Then, to do my best when the manager needs me.

“I found out the day before the Crystal Palace game [that I would be playing]. That was when the squad list came out and I knew I was going to be part of the team that went to the game.