By Harry Sykes
Danny Rose will miss Tottenham’s Premier League showdown against Liverpool on Saturday, according to a report.
The Independent claim the England international is set to be sidelined for Spurs’ next five matches after undergoing a scan on his injured knee on Monday.
It is said that Rose is expected to be sidelined for most of February and that he is eyeing a return against Everton at White Hart Lane on 5 March.
The Independent reports that Rose’s absence is not as long as initially feared by Tottenham, who were anxious that he could be missing for two months.
But the loss of the left-back, 26, for a month at a key point of the campaign is a major blow to Tottenham given that, as the report states, he has been in “exceptional” form this season.
The results of the scan of Rose’s knee mean he will miss not only Saturday’ trip to Anfield, but a Premier League fixture against Stoke, both legs of the Europa League last-32 clash against Gent and the FA Cup fifth round tie against Fulham.
Ben Davies, who stepped in for Rose in Tottenham’s win over Middlesbrough last Saturday, is set to continue at left-back against Liverpool.
Football Insider verdict:
The loss of Rose for a month is a huge blow to Spurs’ title hopes. Davies is a fine player and a solid pro but he does not have Rose’s ability to bomb forward down the left and provide a brilliant attacking outlet on the overlap. The England man is tailor-made for the 3-5-2 formation that paid dividends before the injury to Jan Vertonghen, but it is unlikely Pochettino will unfurl it while Rose is sidelined. This will make them easier opponents, particularly at White Hart Lane where Rose has torn some of his opponents to shreds this season.
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