It was August 2017 while preparing for English Premier League match against Burnley that Victor Wanyama picked a knee injury that added fears to the club and fans that the player might miss the rest of the season.
The Kenyan captain had not featured for the Londoners since their defeat to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium back in August. In November he resumed training with his team and assured his fans that all was well, though his coach Mauricio Pochettino remained mum on the exact date that Wanyama is expected to return to action.
Tottenham was treating him carefully hoping that he will not require a knee surgery since that would put him out for longer. The club was hopeful that Wanyama would train in full capacity and recover fitness to play for the first team in January 2018.
Hundreds of Wanyama fans in Kenya marched in the streets in a procession aimed at showing solidarity with the sidelined Wanyama. They wore the English Premier League player’s replica jersey and a big banner with words, ‘Wanyama, get well soon.’ He was touched by that passionate show and thanked his Kenyan fans and all his fans who wished him well at the time.
On February 2, 2018 when Spurs faced Swansea, that was the first time that Wanyama was making it to the matchday squad since August. In his return, Spurs defeated Swansea 2-1 elevating them to fifth position above rivals Arsenal in the Premier League table.
Wanyama was introduced in the 59th minute for Sanchez and went on to be involved in the winning goal. He was thrilled to kick the ball once again thanking his teammates for always helping and standing with him in his tough times.
26-year-old Kenyan Captain has not been involved in Tottenham matches since the Swansea game until Wednesday night January 31, after he was introduced as a substitute in 92nd minute replacing Mousa Dembele in a tactical substitution in their 2-0 win against Manchester United. For Wanyama, it was not just a tactical substitution but it was also an opportunity to get into the field again and reclaim his first team spot.
It is a great feeling for the club and the fans since he was solid for them in their midfield and his absence made a great impact in the squad, but much greater feeling for Kenyan midfielder to kick the ball again after a long period of time.