Tottenham Hotspur team news: Danny Rose still not fit

Jamie McDonald

Danny Rose's fitness has become a running joke among Tottenham Hotspur fans. Not it looks like he's still only 90% fit.

Speaking to the press before Sunday's fixture away to Everton, Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Danny Rose is still not fit to return to action and isn't likely to back until after this month's international break. Rose was injured back on September 19 against Tromso in the Europa League and two weeks later AVB declared Rose was 90% fit to face Chelsea. Of course that turned out to be a lie and nearly two months later we've not seen Rose even train.

We still haven’t been able to have Danny Rose back into training with the first team so that will take a little bit more time."

"It’s not something that we can control, because all of our exams have told us that the joint is fine, but we have to wait for the pain to go away."

"We can’t really do anything apart from the typical treatment we are doing. We’re conservative because you really have to wait for the pain to go away.

"The player has actually trained and run and shot with football boots on, but if pain keep coming back we always have to delay his recovery. At the moment we’re dealing with that."

"He’s already a big step up from where he was two weeks ago, but we’re probably still going to see him back after the November international break

Other players that will miss out this weekend include Nacer Chadli, who picked up a hamstring injury against Hull City in the Capital One Cup, Emmanuel Adebayor (foot contusion), and Zeki Fryers. In addition, Kyle Naughton is 50/50 to play after suffering a quad injury against Hull.

Andros Townsend is expected to be available, despite spraining his wrist in a fall over the advertising boards against Hull on Sunday. Unfortunately for Spurs, given the recent spate of injuries, some who played the full 120 minutes against Hull will have to start again. Jan Vertonghen will likely be playing left back and Kyle Walker will be on the right. I wouldn't be surprised to see one of Paulinho and Mousa Dembele in midfield as well.

Some players will, however, rotate in. Lewis Holtby, Sandro, Michael Dawson, Hugo Lloris, and Roberto Soldado, who all played no part in Spurs' Capital One Cup victory will all probably come into the squad and should provide enough fresh legs to avoid a drop in performance from Spurs.

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