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