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Winks making strides in America

Posted on 26 July 2017  - 01:15

Harry Winks says his confidence is growing ‘day by day, game by game’.

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The young midfielder is back in action almost three months after being rocked by an ankle injury at Burnley.

That was the first jolt on an upward curve that had seen ‘Winksy’ make 33 appearances last season until he was struck down at Turf Moor.

He has worked throughout the summer to be ready for pre-season and has featured in both International Champions Cup (ICC) matches on our tour of the USA against PSG, a 4-2 win in Orlando last weekend and Roma, where he played 45 minutes and scored in a 3-2 loss in New Jersey on Tuesday.

“On a personal note it was brilliant for me, getting out there and playing 45 minutes in a tough game physically, competitive,” said Harry. “It was almost like a Premier League game, sharp, tough, just what I needed, a real test. I was happy with that.

“My confidence is growing day by day, game by game. I’m delighted to get a goal as well, just disappointed not to get the result but from a team point of view, obviously it was a good test for us. Personally, it was a good test for me as well.”

We played well against Roma (17-8 shots in our favour) but looked down and out when the Serie A side forged ahead 2-0 on 70 minutes. However, Harry and Vincent Janssen turned it around in the final five minutes only for Roma to nick the winner straight from the restart.

“Overall, I thought we were excellent,” added Harry. “We showed real character to come back and we got the fitness and competitive aspect that we wanted, just unfortunate not to get a result.”

The third and final ICC match of our US tour is against Manchester City at the Nissan Stadium, Nashville on Saturday (5pm local time, 11pm UK).