By Richard Parks
Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Tottenham key man Danny Rose is “suffering a lot” as he struggles to recover from the knee injury that has sidelined him since January.
Rose, 27, has not played since breaking down against Sunderland in January with a knee problem that required surgery at the end of last season.
Spurs boss Pochettino admits that Rose’s lengthy recovery has left the player feeling low despite the backroom staff working hard to keep him upbeat.
Tottenham have coped well without their first-choice left-back, who was in the form of his life before injury struck.
Ben Davies has taken his chance to nail down the left-back spot, although Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker-Peters and even Son Heung-Min have been used as a left wing-back on occasions.
“He is suffering a lot – for eight or nine months – since January,” Pochettino said of Rose, as quoted by the Sun. “It is a very difficult situation.
“We all try – the staff and everyone – to help him to keep pushing and try to be motivated as possible to be fit again and be available to help the team.
“After the long term like him, I think it is difficult for him because players love to play football and be fit and healthy.
“I think they are doing well but still we have to wait and we cannot give a date when they can return to the group and start training.”
Davies played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as Spurs ended an excellent week by demolishing Huddersfield 4-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Wales international scored the second of Tottenham’s goals with a composed finish after after great combination play from Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
In other Tottenham team news, a Sky pundit has claimed that Spurs’ players didn’t want to pass to one teammate during their recent clash.