Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a major blow ahead of their Premier League game against Chelsea next weekend (26 November) after Danny Rose picked up his fifth booking of the season. The defender will have to serve a one-game suspension and will miss Spurs' visit to Stamford Bridge.
The England international picked up the yellow card in the 62nd minute for a late tackle on Michael Antonio during their 3-2 win over West Ham United which will now see him out of the crucial clash against Chelsea. Rose had previously picked up bookings against Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Bournemouth.
The former Leeds United full-back has been in good form for the last two seasons and is now a regular for club and country at left-back. Rose's absence will be a big blow to Mauricio Pochettino as he is also without Ben Davies, who is out injured and is a major doubt for the game against the Blues.
The Argentine manager will have to reshuffle his defence in the absence of both his left-backs and could play a makeshift back three like he did against Arsenal with Eric Dier playing in the centre of a three-man defence with Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker playing on either side. If Toby Alderweireld, who is currently injured, returns to the squad, he can play Vertonghen in the left full-back position.
Meanwhile, midfielder Harry Winks expressed his delight after making his first Tottenham start and scoring his first goal during their win over the Hammers on Saturday (19 November). He had played nine minutes in the Premier League prior to the game against West Ham, but played the entire 90 minutes in what was a man of the match performance in his first start for his boyhood club.
"It's all a bit of a blur to be fair! What a game to be involved in and what a full debut to make. To win, that was the main thing, to get the three points, but to score as well, I can't explain it..." said Spurs' latest academy graduate, as quoted on Tottenham's official site.