Danny Rose joins Kane, Alli and Davies on sidelines as Tottenham injury jinx strikes on eve of Borussia Dortmund clashFebruary 12, 2019
MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed it will be “impossible” for Danny Rose to start against Dortmund tomorrow.
Tottenham’s injury jinx has struck again with the left-back, 28, struggling with a shin wound sustained against Leicester on Sunday.
Dele Alli (hamstring), Ben Davies (groin), Harry Kane (ankle) are all out although Eric Dier (virus) and Erik Lamela (back) are back training.
Asked about Rose, Spurs boss Pochettino said: “For tomorrow it will be impossible for him to start from the beginning. We need to assess him to see if he can be on the bench.
“Tomorrow morning, we are going to assess if he can help the team by being on the bench if we need him. But on the starting XI, he is not available.”
Jan Vertonghen is set to play at left-back.
The Belgian said: “I’m always available for any position where the team needs me. There’s some difference between the two positions.
“Everyone knows the way I play there and as a left-back I try to do it in my way. Obviously I’m a different left-back than Rose or Davies.
“I played there for so many games for Belgium back in the day and at the start of my career. I think I can do it in a way that can suit the team in certain games.”
Vertonghen is expecting a tough test against the Bundesliga leaders.
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He said: “Whenever there’s players there that you know you try to follow them a bit more, so obviously Axel Witsel and his transfer there over the summer. You follow your fellow team-mates.
“So I have been speaking about German football with some of the guys and with Axel when we were with the national team and they are having a great season, playing some nice attacking football and doing very well at the top of the league.
“They were definitely a top team when we played them last season and they still are even though they have brought in some different players now.”