By Russell Edge
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he is planning for left back Danny Rose to return to the starting XI for their League Cup clash against West Ham but will not start against Liverpool on Sunday.
The 27-year-old had been ruled out of action for 10 months after suffering an serious injury against Sunderland at the start of the year, but made his return in the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid on Tuesday, appearing from the substitute’s bench in an advanced midfield role.
However his lengthy absence was not without controversy, as he admitted to the Sun over the summer that he felt underpaid by Tottenham and that he would be making a move up north in the future, quotes which were not taken well by the Spurs faithful.
Despite his candidness, Pochettino insists that he intends to reintegrate the defender back into the first team and although not fit enough for a start against Liverpool, there may be a place when West Ham visit next Wednesday.
Speaking to the media on Friday ahead of Sunday’s game, he was quoted by football.london on their live blog (14:38) as saying: “He’s still not ready to start. He needs to build up his fitness but we are so happy because he’s doing very well.
“He had the possibility to be on the bench on Tuesday. It was important for the team and to play a few minutes.
“Now it’s a process to build up [his fitness] and get him better every day and then we’ll see if on Wednesday he has the possibility maybe to be in the starting XI. It depends on the progression.”
Rose has 145 appearances for Tottenham under his belt having joined 10 years ago from Leeds United, scoring 10 times and chipping in with 21 assists.
He has also picked up 12 England caps and will be hoping to prove that he is worthy of being selected in the Three Lions’ squad for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.
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