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Danny Rose in contention for Tottenham vs. Manchester City

One of Tottenham's injured left backs is in contention to return this Sunday, which is welcome news.

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With Ben Davies having suffered a dislocated shoulder against Southampton, and no information available about the status of Danny Rose, it was looking nailed on that human emoji Jan Vertonghen would probably slot in at left back against Manchester City. Fear not, as Mauricio Pochettino brings us glad tidings of great joy, confirming that Rose is in contention for the weekend. From the official site:

"Danny is back, he’s fit and he’s trained well this week," Mauricio told us after training on Friday. "We have one more training session remaining on Saturday to assess him again but we’re happy with how he’s progressed."

The initial injury to Rose was a tight hamstring at the end of the Newcastle match on April 19.  This injury seems to have been sorted and hopefully Rose's final fitness assessment will have a positive result. Rose has been a pleasant surprise this season at left back and has been one of our most consistent players. Having his pace against Manchester City would certainly be a benefit and allow Vertonghen to play his natural position. However, no Jan at leftback means less opportunity for negative body language and the subsequent analysis, which could be a welcome distraction if Spurs forget to show up this weekend.