Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Danny Rose will be fit for Tottenham's Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen after resting him against West Bromwich Albion as the left-back played two games for England during the international break. Rose was injured prior to the break and Pochettino did not want him to play two games in the space of a week so as to alleviate chances of a further setback.
"It wasn't in the plan [for Rose] to play two games with the [England] national team," Pochettino said, as quoted by the Independent. "But because [Ryan] Bertrand was injured he had to play two games. We don't want to take risks. I think this is too much for a player coming back from injury to play two games in one week."
The Argentine also has to look out for Harry Kane, who is set to be back in training this week after suffering an injury which threatened to keep him out for two months. Tottenham missed the verve and finishing ability of the England international against West Bromwich Albion where a late Dele Alli goal earned them a point and prevented them from finishing on top of the table. They are currently a point behind Manchester City and arch rivals Arsenal.
"Harry Kane, you know and we know, is a very important player for us," Pochettino said. "But it is all about the collective and I am happy with the way that the other players played in his position. Always it is important to be all fit and have 25 players. Hopefully as soon as possible we can recover him and the team will get stronger. The Champions League game on Tuesday is too soon for him but maybe Monday he will start to train on the pitch."
Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld, who suffered a knee injury against West Brom will have scans on his knee to decipher the extent of the damage, with Eric Dier set to slot into centre-back if required. The Belgian was stretchered off the pitch and he and Kane are set to miss their European clash against Bayer this midweek.
"The good thing about Eric is he can play like a midfielder, a centre-back and a full-back," Pochettino continued. "It is one option more that we have. But now we need to wait because maybe [Alderweireld's injury] is not a big issue. We need to be quiet, calm and assess him."