Tottenham defender Pedro Porro has revealed he once hid an injury from Sporting Club de Portugal just so he could play in a crucial game.

The full-back has been speaking to Expresso, relayed by A Bola, about his time at his former club and life at Tottenham.

The Spaniard can credit his time at Sporting as being the one to really launch his career after a difficult early spell at Manchester City.

He failed to make the breakthrough at the Etihad and eventually joined Sporting on loan in August 2020, with the move made into a permanent one two years later for €8.7m.

He impressed in his 98 games for the Portuguese side, with 12 goals and 20 assists in that time eventually convincing Tottenham to sign him in the January transfer window before making it permanent for €40m last summer.

Porro has been a regular for them since and established himself as a key player under Ange Postecoglou, whose attacking system has certainly brought the best out of him.

He’s very much a bonafide Premier League player and now looking back, admits there has been a real fight to get to that point, so much so he lied to his former club at one point.

“In the title game against Boavista I was injured,” he said.

“I never told this, but three days before I had injured my hamstring muscles, but I didn’t tell anyone because I knew the importance of the game and I wanted to play, or yes, or yes!

“I lasted 30 minutes [he was replaced after 17 minutes, by João Pereira], I felt a stronger pain, but I knew I had to give everything because the title couldn’t escape.”

True commitment to the game.