Dembele and Kaboul not injured, Rose to be re-evaluated on Friday

Clive Rose

Spurs' potential injury crisis has been averted, but left back could be a major problem.

Tottenham Hotspur's 3-0 Europa League win over Tromso came with bad news as Moussa Dembele, Younes Kaboul and Danny Rose all exited with injuries, but it appears as if they have gotten off lucky. According to Gary Jacob, Dembele and Kaboul are just fine so there is no need to worry about them. But there is reason for concern about Rose, who will be re-evaluated on Friday so his condition remains unclear beyond the fact that he is obviously injured to some degree.

At first glance, it appeared as if Dembele's injury was most serious, but he made it out fine. Kaboul going off may have been the most concerning because of his recent injury history, but he also escaped any serious damage.

With Dembele and Kaboul off without injury, that just leaves Rose. He injured his ankle and left in the 35th minute. He hobbled his way off the field and down the tunnel so it didn't look horribly serious, but he was in obvious pain and trying to judge the severity of injury based on his facial expression coming off is crazy anyways.

Rose's injury puts Spurs in an awful spot because they don't have another natural left back after (stupidly) letting Benoit Assou-Ekotto leave in the summer (and not signing another left back). That means either Kyle Naughton or Jan Vertonghen will have to man the position -- Vertonghen came in for Rose against Tromso, and Naughton was already in at right back -- which means either a marginal right back will start for Spurs or their best centerback will have to be moved out wide.

Hopefully, Rose's injury isn't too bad. We will know more tomorrow.

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