Mauricio Pochettino says he still does not know when Danny Rose will be fit to return to the Tottenham first team squad.
The England full-back has been missing for Spurs since damaging medial ligaments in his knee during a match against Sunderland in January. He underwent surgery to correct the problem in the close season and had been expected to return after the internatinoal break, but Pocchetino admitted he is still none the wiser as to the when the player will return.
“I am coach not a doctor‚“ Pochettino said when asked about Rose ahead of Spurs’ match with Swansea on Saturday. “They know better than me, but we are assessing him every day. It’s like the case of Erik Lamela. Both are doing well, but we have to wait and we cannot give a date on their return to training.”
Rose came into conflict with his manager during the close season when he gave an interview in which he expressed exasperation at the size of his contract and the quality of Spurs’ signings. Tottenham went on to strengthen their squad at the end of the transfer window, recruiting Davinson Sánchez and then Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente on deadline day.
“Of course I suffer because he is my player and you want them fit, healthy and ready for selection,” Pochettino said of Rose. “After a long-term injury it is so, so difficult because all players love to play football, they love to be fit and healthy. Danny has been suffering a lot, for eight, nine months. It’s a very difficult situation but all the staff try to help him, to push him and keep him motivated so he is fit again as soon as possible.”