Mauricio Pochettino has been unable to predict a return date for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, claiming the defender is ‘suffering a lot’ with his injury.

27 year old Rose picked up his knee injury during last season’s 0-0 draw with now Championship side Sunderland in January and has been unavailable for selection for the 8 months since.

The Englishman isn’t the only first-team player to have found himself on the long-term injury list either, with winger Erik Lamela coming close to a full calendar year since he last played football.

Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s 5:30 match against Swansea at Wembley, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino stated that he is still unsure as to when Rose will be able to make his return to first-team football.

“Am I worried about Danny? Of course,” He told reporters, according to The Mirror. “I suffer because he is our player like Lamela and different players.”

“You always want them fit and healthy and ready to compete available for selection.”

“After the long term like him, I think it is difficult for him because players love to play football and be fit and healthy.”

“He is suffering a lot – for eight or nine months – since January. It is a very difficult situaton.”

Though it has been suggested recently that 25 year old Argentine Erik Lamela will return to action in October, it is seemingly unknown whether or not Lamela or Rose will be rejoining the team any time soon.

“We all try – the staff and everyone – to help him to keep pushing and try to be motivated as possible to be fit again and be available to help the team.” He added.

“We cannot say in one week or two weeks. We are assessing them every day. I think they are doing well but still we have to wait and we cannot give a date when they can return to the group and start training.”

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