Tottenham star opens up about injury nightmare, admits he thought career was done
By George Brooks
Spurs star Danny Rose has opened up about his injury recent injury troubles, admitting that he almost gave up on returning to fitness entirely.
The 27-year-old was in the form of his career when he suffered medial ligament damage in his left knee during a Premier League game against Sunderland in January.
Rose described his time on the sidelines as “one of the most difficult periods” of his life and admitted that he has started seeing a phycologist to help him overcome his struggles.
“I lost my appetite for wanting to get back fit because I didn’t think it was ever going to happen,” said Rose, during an interview with talkSPORT.
“Last season I was doing well, I felt untouchable. I felt like I was one of the best. I felt that if I carried on with that form anything could have happened.
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“But then the injury happened, it humbled me, it brought me back down to earth, it gave me a reality check and it just made me realise that football can be taken away from you at any given point.”
Rose returned to first-team action for Spurs in the 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in the Champions League last month.
He played his first 90 minutes of the season this weekend in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday.
That was enough to impress England manager Gareth Southgate who has named the left-back in his squad for the back-to-back friendly matches against Germany and Brazil at Wembley this month.
He will train with the squad at St. George’s Park, where he did part of his rehabilitation, this week and feels that he has to make up for lost time.
Rose has one eye on a place in Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad and is using that as motivation to get back to his best.
“I can’t cry about it, I just have to use the time I’ve been given to try and force my way back,” he said.
In other Tottenham news, Rose has explained his relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.