Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out the possibility of Danny Rose starting Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
?️ Mauricio on Danny Rose's availability to face Dortmund: "It's impossible for him to start from the beginning. Tomorrow morning we will assess whether he can be on the bench and help the team."#COYS pic.twitter.com/lPpIjY4I0l
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Rose sustained a shin injury against Leicester City, as Spurs won 3-1 at the weekend, and Pochettino does not expect him to be fit to play from the start against the German giants.
Rose was substituted late on in the game with the Foxes, to be replaced by Kyle Walker-Peters.
It now appears that that decision was injury-related, with Pochettino confirming in his pre-Dortmund press conference that he will only be involved from the bench if at all.
Per a tweet from the club’s official website, the Argentine said: “It’s impossible for him to start from the beginning.
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“(On Wednesday) we will assess whether he can be on the bench and help the team.”
The news will come as a blow to Pochettino, who is also likely to be without Ben Davies.
The Wales international is continuing his rehabilitation from a groin injury and was last involved for the club against Chelsea in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, which Spurs lost on penalties.
Jan Vertonghen appears to be the logical choice to play at left-back.
The Belgium international did exactly that in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United and excelled, regularly crossing the halfway line to fire in good crosses and create openings for his team-mates.
Walker-Peters is a right-back and is unlikely to be given a chance at left full-back, while the only other solution appears to be a complete change in formation.
That would see Vertonghen join Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez in a back three, with Kieran Trippier or Serge Aurier on the right flank and, potentially, Son Heung-Min on the left.
That would cut his attacking contributions, however, and it makes sense to simply shift him to the left and play Sanchez and Alderweireld in a central defensive two.
It will be a major test for the Belgian, but he is 31 and has the experience to excel in a somewhat unfamiliar role.