Tottenham Hotspur has team news out for Sunday’s White Hart Lane finale against Manchester United, but unfortunately for Danny Rose the emotional match comes just a bit too soon for him to participate. The club said on social media that Rose returned to full training with Spurs this week, but that he won’t be fit in time to play for the final time at the Lane.
TEAM NEWS: Danny Rose (knee) – Continues to be monitored, having returned to full training earlier this week but is not yet match fit. pic.twitter.com/Zh1tRbBMMY— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 12, 2017
This has to be disappointing to the left back, who was one of Spurs’ best and most important players in the early part of this season before missing the last few months with a long-term injury. Still, it’s good that he’s back training. Fitness will come, and perhaps he’ll be ready for one of Spurs’ two final games this season at Leicester or at Hull City.
Elsewhere, all is expected for Spurs, with no other major injuries to report other than the ones we know: Harry Winks and Erik Lamela are both out for the year after undergoing surgery.
It’s not entirely clear how Manchester United will line up for this emotional final match at the Lane, but based on quotes from Jose Mourinho on United’s club website, it seems likely that he will rotate his squad after a hard-fought win yesterday over Celta Vigo in the Europa League semifinals.
"I approach these games the same. I have to give some minutes to everyone because we only have 15 players. We don’t have more. We only have 15 so I have to play them but I have to play them in a mixed way and by periods.
"I don’t have another solution. In the Premier League, we can only finish fifth or sixth. I don’t think we can finish seventh or we can finish fourth so it’s fifth or sixth and we can win a trophy. By winning that trophy, we can play in the Champions League next season so that’s the game but, obviously, like we did against Arsenal, we didn’t throw the match away.”
I would guess that Eric Bailly will start on Sunday, since he was red-carded and will miss the final due to suspension. Otherwise, we have no idea what Mourinho will do. (Hopefully, lose.)