Dele Alli reveals he has suffered a new injury setback but vows to return ‘stronger than ever’ as he continues bid to return to the pitch after battles with mental health and addiction
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- The Everton star has yet to feature this season as he recovers from injury
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Dele Alli has revealed that he has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury but vowed to ‘come back stronger’ in a post on social media.
After joining Everton in January of last year, Alli spent the majority of last season on loan at Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas.
However, the 27-year-old’s spell at the Istanbul club was cut short by injury, delaying his return to action after returning to his parent club this summer.
In a post on his Instagram account, Alli wrote that there has been a ‘setback with the injury’ but added that he is ‘making sure I come stronger than ever’ alongside several pictures of himself in the gym.
Earlier this year Alli revealed he spent a spell in a rehab facility in the United States this summer after developing an addiction to sleeping pills.
Dele Alli revealed that he has suffered a setback in his return from injury in a post on Instagram
The Everton star posted several photos of himself working out in what looks like a home gym
The 27-year-old vowed that he would ‘come back stronger than ever’ from the latest setback
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‘When I came back from Turkey I came back and found out I needed an operation.’ Alli told The Overlap.
‘I was in a bad place mentally. I decided to go to a modern rehab facility that deals with addiction and mental health and trauma. I felt it was time for me.
‘You can’t be told to go there, you have to make the decision yourself.
‘I was in a bad cycle. I was relying on things that were doing me harm. I was waking up every day, winning the fight going into training every day smiling – willing to show I was happy.
‘Inside I was losing the battle and it was time to change. When I was told I needed surgery I could feel the feelings I had when the cycle began.
‘So I went there for six weeks. Everton were amazing and supported I will be grateful to them for ever. For them to be so honest and understanding I couldn’t ask for anything more during a time I was making the biggest decision of my life – doing something I was scared to do. I’m happy I’ve done it.’
Alli made a number of harrowing revelations about his private life in an interview earlier this year
The ex-England star revealed that he has received the full support of Toffees boss Sean Dyche
The former England international also shared harrowing details from his traumatic childhood, including the revelation that he was molested as a child by a friend of his mother’s.
The interview led to an outpouring of support from across the sporting world, including the likes of Harry Kane, James Maddison and Eric Dier.
Injuries have precluded the former Spurs star from representing the Toffees since Sean Dyche took over at the club in January but Alli revealed this summer the manager has been ‘supportive’.
‘Me and (Dyche) have had some good conversations, not so much about football at this point because obviously I’m still injured, but about where I’m at,’ Alli said.
‘And I’d like to say a big thanks to him as well – I think for someone that didn’t really know me, for this to be thrown on him and to be so understanding and not even just understanding, we had a good conversation and, like I said, he was supportive.’
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