The Kenyan international midfielder had started every game for us in the Premier League this season until he was forced off shortly before half-time in the 2-0 win at Burnley on April 1 with a back problem.
He subsequently sat out the 3-1 triumph at Swansea City and was initially named as a substitute for the 4-0 home victory over Watford before being forced to withdraw from the bench just prior to kick-off.
He returned to action as a late substitute against Bournemouth – another 4-0 win – on April 15 and since then has started every game as we’ve carried on racking up the domestic victories in pursuit of leaders Chelsea.
Outstanding in Sunday’s 2-0 North London derby victory, his first 90-minute shift since his return, the tough-tackling 25-year-old spoke openly and honestly about his journey leading up to the match.
“Today I think it was much better for me, I enjoyed playing,” he said as the dust settled on our victory at White Hart Lane. “It has been tough for me after my injury to come back and to get going has been very difficult, so now I’m starting feeling like I’m getting back into it again and hopefully I can keep the good performances going.
“To me, honestly, I was doing well until I got injured. To come back was not easy because of how we want to play. It was a little bit difficult for me, but now I feel like I’m getting sharper and I’m getting stronger.
“Hopefully I can finish the season strongly along with the team.”