Mauricio Pochettino delivers injury update on Tottenham Hotspur duo.
Ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash against Swansea City at Wembley, Mauricio Pochettino has delivered an injury update on two players – Danny Rose and Harry Winks.
Like Erik Lamela, Spurs left-back Rose is a long-term absentee. Rose damaged medical ligaments against Sunderland in January, and he is still weeks away from returning to training.
When asked to comment on when Spurs can expect Rose back, Pochettino refused to put a date on the player’s comeback.
The Argentine said that the club are assessing them (Lamela, Rose, Wanyama et al) on a daily basis, but they need to be patient with their return.
Rose is one of the key players for Pochettino, and when fit, he is the first-choice left back at the club. He said that it is a “very difficult situation” for the club and the player, and that he suffers because he wants him fit and ready to compete.
"No, it is like the case of Lamela or the same with Victor [Wanyama]. First of all I am coach, I am not the doctor," said Pochettino, as quoted by Football London.
"They know better than me. But we cannot say in one week, two weeks. We are assessing them every day. They are doing well but still we need to wait. We cannot give a date that maybe they will return to the group and start training."
Pochettino has also commented on young Harry Winks, who suffered a ligament damage in Spur’s win against Burnley back in April.
He has managed 15 minutes of action in the Premier League, and Pochettino says the player is still struggling. Pochettino says that Winks still feels pain in his ankle, and needs to work hard on fitness.
"Yes, he's struggling. His injury was very bad and he struggled a little bit still in my opinion. Still he needs more, more, to work hard. Still he feels a little bit of pain in his ankle. Always football is about confidence, trust and feeling 100 per cent and he still struggles a little bit."