Team news is out for Tottenham Hotspur’s league match against Sunderland this Sunday at White Hart Lane, and it’s pretty much what you expected. Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that left back Danny Rose will miss the match with a hamstring strain suffered while the player was on international duty with England.
TEAM NEWS: "Danny is recovering well but is still not 100%. We will probably need to wait one more week." pic.twitter.com/jVh9OxeOmO— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 16, 2016
This isn’t shocking, but it does mean that Ben Davies will almost certainly get the start on Sunday at White Hart Lane, and it’s also quite possible that Rose will miss Wednesday’s match against Gillingham in the EFL Cup. Spurs don’t have another first-team natural left back on the squad since they loaned Nabil Bentaleb to Schalke (hi Ben Daniels), but it’s possible that if Davies needs a rest against Gillingham we could see someone like Kyle Walker-Peters play in that position. Another option might be to shift Jan Vertonghen to left back for one match, bringing Cameron Carter-Vickers into central defense.
Sunderland isn’t a great team, so it’s possible we could see some players rested after a difficult week that included a big win against Stoke and a Champions League match at Wembley. Pochettino doesn’t usually rotate heavily, but we could see players like Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen, and Kieran Trippier come in for Sunday’s match.
Sunderland is banged up and is second in the injury table with seven players nursing injuries. Victor Anichebe, Vito Mannone, Sebastian Larsson, and Fabio Borini are all on the long-term injury list for the Black Cats, while Stephen Pienaar, Lee Cattermole, and Billy Jones are all doubtful for Sunday.
Elsewhere, Pochettino has confirmed that we won’t be seeing Georges-Kevin N’Koudou in rotation for a little while yet, but there’s hope that he could make his Tottenham debut against Gillingham.
"We'll see. He needs to work more," admitted the Argentine. "I think maybe he will be ready to be selected next week, maybe but not sure.
"It is going well. He is very young, he speaks only French, it's a big problem for him. He is learning quickly, but he is still settling into the team."
Source: Hertfordshire Mercury