Rose expected to return for Southampton clash

Danny Rose is expected to return to Tottenham’s starting XI for the first time since early October in tonight’s clash against Southampton at Wembley.

Rose injured his groin in the 1-0 win over Cardiff and initially expected to be sidelined for a short period, even joining up with the England squad the following day before withdrawing.

The left-back, who missed eight months with a knee injury until October last year, has been frustrated by another slow recovery, but is ready to face Mauricio Pochettino’s former club after replacing Ben Davies for the final eight minutes of the 4-2 defeat by Arsenal on Sunday.

“We need all the players fit and at their best,” said Spurs manager Pochettino. “Ben was doing a fantastic job but we need to be competitive in every position, so maybe tonight Danny has the possibility to play.”

Pochettino is expected to make changes from the north London derby after claiming his side’s freshness was a factor in the defeat at the Emirates.

Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier, who, like Davies, started three games last week, can expect to drop to the bench, with Harry Winks and a fit-again Kieran Trippier likely to come in. Spurs will be without the suspended Jan Vertonghen, while Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Davinson Sanchez and Erik Lamela are sidelined through injury.

(Evening Standard)


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