Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason is hoping to complete his full return from a post-season knee injury in their upcoming Premier League trip to Leicester City. Mason suffered the problem while training with England ahead of the friendly match against the Republic of Ireland, which subsequently affected his preparations for the new campaign.
The 24-year-old played just 36 minutes of Spurs' pre-season matches in the United States, against AC Milan in the Audi Cup third/fourth place playoff. At the start of the season, Mason made a 37-minute cameo in the defeat to Manchester United before making his first start against Stoke City in the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.
Mason lasted 69 minutes against the Potters and his removal coincided with Tottenham relinquishing their lead as Marko Arnautovic and Mame Biram Diouf scored late in the match to grab an unlikely point. The England international admits he was feeling jaded before being replaced by Nabil Bentaleb but has ambitions of lasting the full 90 minutes for the trip to Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
"I had eight weeks out injured but I was professional, I did everything right and I feel good," the Tottenham youngster said, according to Sky Sports. "There is nothing like match fitness and like I said, I was starting to feel it on 60 minutes but hopefully if I'm playing [against Leicester] I'll be able to complete the 90 minutes. Perhaps I blew up in the second half [against Stoke], my legs went a bit but I'll feel better for it next week and hopefully I'll chip in again."
Though concerns over Mason's fitness have eased, questions remains over Harry Kane, who was also withdrawn after 64 minutes of the stalemate with Stoke. Mauricio Pochettino has moved to quell fears over the forward's fitness but it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old can take his place against the Foxes or if new signing Clinton Njie will be handed his full Tottenham debut.