Lucas Moura admits he’s ‘playing through the pain’ to help Tottenham’s injury crisis

Tottenham striker Lucas Moura has confessed he is playing through the pain in order to help his club through their current injury crisis.

Spurs have already lost Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison, while Son Heung-min is due surgery for a fractured eye socket in the midweek win over Marseille.

Lucas has just returned from his own injury, having suffered a calf problem earlier in the season. He hasn’t started a Premier League game yet but has started the last two in the Champions League, but the Brazilian admitted it was more out of necessity.

“I’m happy because I’m back and I can help the team,” he said (via the Daily mail). “It’s hard to get my best form in just a few games but step by step I will get there.

“It’s my tendon in my heel. I continue to do treatment to play and I can play with the pain, which I can manage. The most important thing for me is to be on the pitch, to do what I love to do. Sometimes it’s normal for a footballer because it’s difficult to play without pain. We are used to playing with injuries.

Lucas and Bryan Gil flanked Harry Kane against Marseille and manager Antonio Conte could opt to deploy the same formation on Sunday when Spurs host Liverpool.

Ivan Perisic and Ryan Sessegnon, both more wingers these days, are also options for Conte to consider.

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