Pochettino delivers Tottenham injury hope: 26-year-old could be fit to face Chelsea
By Will Butcher
Mauricio Pochettino has not given up on the possibility of Danny Rose being fit to play for Tottenham against Chelsea in next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Rose, 26, has been sidelined with medial knee ligament damage since January’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland, missing a total of 12 games in all competitions.
Pochettino claimed in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash that the former Leeds left-back still has a chance, after revealing Rose is set to return to “outdoor training” next week.
“Maybe he start next week doing things on the pitch, we hope.”
Asked if he would be fit for Chelsea he said: “We’ll see how he adapts on the pitch. Maybe it is too early,” Pochettino said, as quoted by Press Association’s Tom Allnutt on his personal Twitter account.
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MP: "Maybe he start next week doing things on the pitch, we hope."
Chelsea? "We'll see how he adapts on the pitch. Maybe it is too early."
— Tom Allnutt (@tomallnuttPA) April 13, 2017
During his time on the sidelines, Wales international Ben Davies has deputised on the left side of defence to good effect.
England international Rose will be desperate to return against Chelsea, after being in the middle of a heated battle at Stamford Bridge last season that ended in a 2-2 draw.
Rose is set to miss his 13th consecutive match on Saturday, as Spurs welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to White Hart Lane with three crucial points up for grabs.
A 21st Premier League win of the season for Pochettino’s side could see them move within four points of league leaders Chelsea, if Antonio Conte’s side lose to Man United on Sunday.
However, Spurs must look to go one better than the reverse fixture against the Cherries, as Bournemouth held their north London opponents to a 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium.
In other Tottenham news, this 25-year-old midfielder is set to return against Bournemouth.