Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that it is “impossible” for Danny Rose to start his side’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
?️ 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
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 12, 2019
Rose sustained a shin injury during the club’s clash with Leicester City at the weekend, which Spurs won 3-1.
The England international was substituted late on, with Kyle Walker-Peters replacing the 28-year-old.
That change now appears to have been motivated by concern over the left-back’s fitness and it remains to be seen who will play against the Bundesliga giants.
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Ben Davies is also on the sidelines and continues his rehabilitation from a groin injury.
That means that Jan Vertonghen is again likely to play at left-back, as he did during the club’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United.
And Spurs fans on Twitter have been left split over the news regarding Rose, with several excited at the prospect of Vertonghen playing at left-back, while others believe that it is a major blow for the club ahead of the first leg at Wembley.
Super Jan goal coming ?
— Alex (@achrisoulla) February 12, 2019
Super Jan at Left Back again then?
— Kevin Morgan (@KevMGraps) February 12, 2019
Massive loss ,rose probably been our best player since Christmas
— Shaun Lewis (@ShaunLewis17) February 12, 2019
Jan is the best crosser of a ball in the PL. Excellent!!
— Russell Lowy (@westpole71) February 12, 2019
Good. Our best LB
— Jhamageddon ? (@RaggyJha) February 12, 2019
Makes sense tbh. We can use the pace of Sanchez at CB
— Allan Nielsen(Levy serial basher) (@smileberg) February 12, 2019
Or KWP. Would be a classic confidence/trust boosting Poch move to play him in an important game. Depends on the system he wants to go for I guess. Jan looked so good at LB last time out. (In fact if he wasn’t so against it, I’d be inclined to swap him and Davies going forward)
— Tim F (@TimboBagginses) February 12, 2019
Rose must play through the pain, we have ten days without a game after this, so have to risk him ! – he's vital to getting a good result, our only left back and we need him against Sancho!
— Jake Emery (@JakeEmery12) February 12, 2019