Tottenham Boss Mauricio Pochettino Confirms Key Player Won’t Be Fit for Man Utd Clash on Sunday

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that key defender Danny Rose will not be fit to face Manchester United when the sides meet on Sunday.

Pochettino gave injury updates during his pre-match press conference and stated that the left-back would be unavailable for selection due to the knee injury he suffered against Sunderland in January.

Rose has increased his rehabilitation and rejoined first team training earlier this week but he will not be match fit to face United on the weekend.

Spurs still have a slim chance of winning the Premier League title, as long as Chelsea do not win against West Brom on Friday, but after they failed to keep West Ham out they face an even tougher challenge against Jose Mourinho’s men and Pochettino admitted its been a hard week for the side.

He said, as quoted by Sky Sports: “We’re still disappointed about last Friday. Training from Monday to Wednesday was difficult.
“We missed a big chance to put pressure on Chelsea. Before that game, we thought it was possible to win the title. We are okay now. We are focused on United.”

Rose’s absence will mean Ben Davies will continue his run in the side as he fills in at left-back while Harry Winks is still recovering from an ankle injury and Erik Lamela is still out due to his recurring hip problem.

It will be an emotional day for Tottenham who will play their last game at White Hart Lane which has been their home for 118 years but Pochettino is looking forward to the future.

He said: “Sunday will be special for everyone who loves Tottenham, but the future is exciting. It is important we take the soul, smell of White Hart Lane to the new stadium. It’s sad and exciting.”

Spurs will need to keep their focus despite the monumental occasion and the result of Chelsea’s match as their second place finish is not mathematically secure at the moment.

READ  Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos Reveals What He Told Gerard Pique After Being Sent Off in El Clasico