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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Friday, December 13, 2013
Danny Rose is thrilled to be back in action after his lengthy injury lay-off – but he is not expecting to be in the line-up against Liverpool this weekend.
The left-back made a strong start to the season but was injured in his sixth outing of the campaign in a Europa League match against FC Tromso on September 19.
The foot injury was not expected to be a long-term problem, and Andre Villas-Boas initially said Rose had a “90 per cent chance” of being available to face Chelsea on September 28.
However, the 23-year-old missed 17 games before making his return in last night’s 4-1 victory over Russian outfit Anzhi.
“It was long overdue,” said Rose. “I’ve missed a lot of football and I’m just glad to be back around the lads.
“As soon as the music comes on before the game, you remember what you missed. It was nice playing with Andros [Townsend], it was the first time I’ve played with Andros along that [left] side. I’ve missed it.
“It’s been very frustrating. I’ve missed some important games, like Manchester City away, and I especially wanted to be involved against Sunderland at the weekend after spending last season there.
“It’s been quite hard to watch at times, especially with it being such a soft injury. I’m just glad I’m back now, there are a lot of games coming up and I hope I can stay fit.”
Rose went on: “I initially thought I had broken my foot but I had torn something underneath my foot. I had a lot of bone bruising but we couldn’t see that until the swelling had gone down.
“I did my foot against Tromso and we were trying to get fit for the Chelsea game, which was about 10 days afterwards, and I made it even worse trying to get fit for that game. It set me back a long time.
“The manager tried everything he could to get me fit. He flew me out to Portugal to see a doctor out there and I did some rehab out there.”
Rose started yesterday’s game against Anzhi and played the first half before withdrawing at the interval. Some Spurs fans were concerned when he did not appear for the second period, fearing a setback, but the defender says it was all part of the plan.
“The manager left it up to me, I could play as long as I wanted,” he said. “I could have come off in the first half and I could have played on for an extra 15 minutes.
“I thought it was wise to only play 45 minutes because I have only trained three times with the team.
“It’s fine. My muscles are a bit sore, getting used to playing again. I just hope I can stay fit now.”
Tottenham supporters may be hoping that Rose will be able to line up against Liverpool in Sunday’s big match at White Hart Lane – but the full-back says that is unlikely.
“[Kyle] Naughton did very well against Sunderland and I’m not expecting to be put straight back into the team,” he said. “I will be training hard and in games like last night and maybe next week against West Ham [in the Capital One Cup] I will be trying to get in for the Premier League games.
“No disrespect to Anzhi and the Europa League, but it is totally different to the Premier League and playing a top-class team like Liverpool. I wouldn’t want to mug myself off and say I could play, and not do myself or the team any justice.
“It’s probably something the gaffer and I will talk about but Kyle Naughton did very well against Sunderland and I’m not expecting to be taking his place at the weekend.”
Rose’s absence has certainly been a problem for Spurs, with the right-footed Naughton struggling to provide width, forcing Jan Vertonghen to play out of position at full-back – a role he does not enjoy.
There have consequently been suggestions that the club need to sign a new left-back in January, but Rose hopes that will not be the case – and he is keen to show that such a move is unnecessary.
“Of course that’s my job, and I would be the first one to find out if the club were looking to do that,” he said. “I thought the club were going to do that in August. I went to see the manager, sat down with him and he told me it was not true and that if the club was going to do that he would come and speak to me first-hand.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for the manager and he’s got a lot of respect for me. He treats me as one of the big players here and it’s the first time I’ve had that at this club.”
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