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Family first as Moussa continues to build fitness

Fri 20 March 2020, 10:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Some positive football news in difficult times - Moussa Sissoko is working his way back to fitness.

The midfielder has recently returned to the training pitches at Hotspur Way as he continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained at Southampton on New Year’s Day – an injury that required surgery.

“I’m fine, my knee’s okay,” the French international told us. “I’ve been training with the team for nearly two weeks now and everything is okay. I’m trying to build up my fitness and trying to be ready for when we’re allowed to play again.”

Of course, football is not the main focus for now with The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, announcing on Thursday that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April due to COVID-19.

Instead, Moussa is thinking family and re-iterating the preventative measures set out to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

We need to be sensible, follow protocols... we need to stick together and hopefully, in a few weeks or few months, we’ll have a better world

Moussa Sissoko

“It’s a very sad situation, all the world is affected,” he said. “We need to be sensible and try to follow protocols. Hopefully in a few weeks or a few months everything will be okay and everyone can go back to normal life and try to enjoy life.”

Born in Le Blanc-Mesnil, Moussa has family in France, and added: “Every day I’m on the phone with them. At the moment they're not going anywhere because in France, they can’t move, they are not allowed to go out, only to buy some food.

“Everyone needs to be careful and like I said, follow the protocols, stay at home and try to be safe, take care of your family. At the same time, it’s a good opportunity to spend time with your family and have some love together because as I said, at the moment the world is sad and we don’t like to see this kind of thing, but we need to stick together and hopefully, in a few weeks or few months, we’ll have a better world.”