The Kenyan captain was out struggling with injury and did not feature in the match Tottenham cruised to a comfortable 3-1 win at Wembley. And Wanyama has now revealed that watching the match from the sidelines was the lowest point in his career.
“This has been a dark time for me. When Tottenham played Real Madrid at Wembley and I had to watch... I wanted to play so badly, it was probably the lowest point of my career.”
And Wanyama has confirmed how the injury he thought was not serious turned out to keep him out of action for four months. “I injured my left knee in a pre-season friendly in July.
“A tackle came in and I turned awkwardly. I felt a little pain but thought it was just a knock. Then in the gym I was doing an explosive movement with a weight and I felt it a lot. It swelled and I didn't know what was happening.
“It settled and we flew to Orlando to play the International Champions Cup but on the plane my knee had swollen again and was quite large. I didn't train, just went to the gym and did some work in the swimming pool,” Wanyama said in a story published by Dail Mail.
“Then in the game with Paris Saint-Germain, I came on in the second half and got a really strong kick in the back of my knee, which made it worse. It was very uncomfortable.
“I thought I could still play on though and we went to New York but when we landed it had swollen again. Something was definitely wrong. We got it scanned and it showed damage to the cartilage.
“The medical team took a good look and, along with the specialist opinion, it was decided that treatment rather than surgery was the best way forward. From there it was frustrating. I started the season coming on against Newcastle then I played a full game against Chelsea but it hadn’t settled as I hoped. I was so low, worrying about how long it would take.”