Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino addressed the media in his pre-match press conference on Friday and provided fitness updates on key players.
The Argentine tactician will be looking for a response from his players this weekend when they take on Middlesbrough, as they look to put the disappointment of dropping points at Sunderland behind them.
However, they’ll have to do so with one key absentee, as Pochettino has confirmed that Danny Rose will need to meet a specialist over his knee injury.
The England international was replaced by Ben Davies in that draw with Sunderland while a scan has since led the club to take the decision to send him to a specialist.
That will be a concern as Rose has started 18 of the 23 Premier League games so far this season, and his energy, defensive qualities and attacking threat will be a major miss on the left flank.
Meanwhile, Pochettino also gave updates on several other Spurs players, with Hugo Lloris set to return this weekend, but there are still several absentees moving forward which could be a concern.
“Danny Rose had a scan yesterday and now we need to wait until Monday to see the specialist. Nkoudou and Trippier are still out,” he told the media.
“Jan Vertonghen is better and starting to run which is very positive. Hugo [Lloris] trained yesterday and today and will be available.
“Erik Lamela’s progression is good. Day by day he’s getting there. It’s important to be cautious but positive.”
It remains to be seen how long these individuals are out for, but Spurs will be keen to avoid any complacency and win against Boro to continue to keep up the pace at the top of the Premier League table.
With Arsenal taking on Chelsea earlier in the day, it could even open up the opportunity for Tottenham to close the gap on their rivals and keep themselves in contention for the title.