Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino insists there is "no problem" between him and Danny Rose but has not yet decided if the left-back will play any part in their Champions League group stage clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday (21 November).
But the Tottenham boss insisted that Rose's omission was purely down to his fitness and stressed that he had no issue with the England international, though it remains to be seen if the former Sunderland loanee can prove himself worthy of a place in the matchday squad for the trip to Dortmund, who are enduring a terrible run of form.
"He's [Rose] doing well. The training session on Saturday was tough for him. He will now train with the group and we'll decide if he will play tomorrow," Pochettino said in his press conference.
"I cannot speak about rumours. If you were to ask me if Danny Rose is here and do we have problems, I say no. No issues."
Rose may be a part of the Tottenham 18 on Tuesday, but long-term injury victim Erik Lamela will once again miss out as he continues his recovery from troublesome hip problems. The Argentine has been training with the first-team for a number of weeks and Pochettino revealed that his compatriot is closer to a return than ever after getting through an hour for Spurs' Under-23s.
"He played for the U23s and he played 60 minutes," Pochettino said. "After 20 minutes he started to feel something but that's normal after a year. You can train in two hours, but when you compete you feel different. We are happy with him because it's important. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks. But we hope he starts to feel better and better and be ready to be selected in the first team."
Lamela and Rose are not the only fitness concerns that Pochettino is currently dealing with. Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama are sidelined with hamstring and knee injuries respectively, while Harry Kane and Dele Alli looked well off the pace during the north London derby on Saturday.
Both Kane and Alli needed late fitness tests ahead of the Arsenal clash and looked to have been rushed back from their respective knee and hamstring injuries, but Pochettino insisted they had recovered in time to play against the Gunners and would not have deployed them if their fitness was below the required level.
"They were both fit to play on Saturday. We had a conversation with all 25 players before and when I get the perception and feeling I make a decision. Every decision is for the best of the team and them. I hope not too many players rest tomorrow. It's clear the objective was to qualify and we've done that but we now want to finish top," Pochettino said.