By Tony Hughes
Danny Rose will undergo a late fitness test ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Rose sustained a foot injury in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.
He left the BayArena stadium in Germnay wearing a protective boot although he told an Evening Standard reporter he was “OK”.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted he is sweating on the fitness of Danny Rose ahead of the trip to the south coast to face Eddie Howe’s in-form Cherries team.
“We need to assess Danny tomorrow,” reported manager Mauricio Pochettino after training on Thursday, as quoted by the official Spurs website. “He has a bruised foot. We need to wait to see what happens tomorrow and then see if he’s available or not.”
The boot may have been used by Rose as a precautionary measure and the extent of the damage the defender has sustained remains unclear hours before the 12.30pm kick-off.
Concerns over Rose will come as a blow to the north Londoners, who have already had to make do without the England international’s services for a significant chunk of the campaign due to a hamstring problem.
The 26-year-old only returned to fitness earlier this month after picking up an injury while on international duty with England back in September, and another spell on the sidelines during a flurry of difficult fixtures would be far from ideal.
Ben Davies has proven himself to be a capable deputy but Rose is a key member of Tottenham’s defence, which remains the strongest in England’s top tier this term.
Third-placed Tottenham are currently unbeaten in the Premier League and have conceded just four goals in their opening eight fixtures.
Eric Dier stepped in to the defence on Tuesday night as mainstay Toby Alderweireld was absent due to a knee injury that will also likely to keep him out of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.
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