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Bergwijn 'making progress' and says 'now, it's about family'

Sat 21 March 2020, 18:35|Tottenham Hotspur

Steven Bergwijn says he’s ‘making progress’ from the ankle injury he sustained at Burnley - although he isn’t really thinking too much about football in these difficult times.

Our flying Dutchman was caught by a tackle late in our 1-1 draw at Turf Moor in the Premier League on 7 March. He limped on until the final whistle but, clearly in some discomfort, later departed the stadium in a protective boot. We soon reported he’d suffered a 'significant sprain to his left ankle’.

Steven has been working hard at Hotspur Way since and was in a positive frame of mind in terms of his rehabilitation when he spoke to us earlier in the week.

“I’m making progress,” he said. “As you can see, I can walk now and today (Thursday) I’ll get my new boot, so that’s good news.

“At the moment I got the kick (at Burnley) I thought it was serious. I was in so much pain and that night, I couldn’t sleep. It was bad, but we’re making progress and I’ll come back stronger.”

We have to stay together in this difficult time... it’s about your health and that’s (most) important

Steven Bergwijn

It was pointed out to Steven that it was such a shame as he’d impressed us all in his first six weeks at the Club - his debut volley in the win against Manchester City one of the highlights of the season.

“Yes, I’ve had a good time here,” he said. “I still have - but these things happen. It’s football.”

However, as we all know, focus is away from the game at the moment.

The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, announced on Thursday that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April due to COVID-19.

Snapped up from PSV Eindhoven in January, Steven has family in Holland. “It’s a difficult time for everyone," he added. "I see now in Holland it’s crazy, how people have to stay at home. I don’t know... difficult times.

“We have to stay together in this difficult time, but it’s not only about us, now it’s about families and the people outside (the Club). It’s not about football anymore. It’s about your health and that’s (most) important.”