Spurs midfielder Harry Winks undergoes successful ankle surgery and targets return for start of the new season

Real Madrid's Luka Modric (right) and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks (left) battle for the ball dur

Real Madrid's Luka Modric (right) and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group H match at Wembley Stadium (pic: Mike Egerton/PA Images). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The 22-year-old may have been part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad had he not been troubled by an ankle injury since November

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has undergone successful surgery on his ankle after a frustrating past six months.

Winks was ruled out of England’s World Cup campaign after playing only three matches since the turn of the year, but he now hopes to be fit for the new season following his operation.

Winks featured in 25 Premier League games for Spurs last season, and made his international debut in England’s 1-0 win over Lithuania back in October.

He would have been in contention to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s tournament in Russia, but the second half of his campaign was scuppered by the ankle problem.

Winks last featured for Tottenham in their 6-1 FA Cup fourth round replay win over Rochdale at Wembley in February.

However, the 22-year-old was awarded a new deal by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, agreeing terms on a five-year contract earlier this month.

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