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Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he does not know when Danny Rose will return from the knee injury that has kept him out since January.

The left-back is believed to in the latter stages of the rehabilitation process, but Pochettino has refused to put a date on his return.

“I am coach not a doctor,” said the Tottenham boss in his pre-Swansea press conference. “They know better than me, but we are assessing him every day. It’s like the case of Erik Lamela. Both are doing well, but we have to wait and we cannot give a date on their return to training.”

Rose openly criticised the club’s transfer policy in the summer. He also suggested he could make more money elsewhere.

Regardless, Pochettino seems keen to reintegrate the 27-year-old into his first-team squad as soon as he is ready.

“Of course I suffer because he is my player and you want them fit, healthy and ready for selection. After a long-term injury it is so, so difficult because all players love to play football, they love to be fit and healthy.

“Danny has been suffering a lot, for eight, nine months. It’s a very difficult situation but all the staff try to help him, to push him and keep him motivated so he is fit again as soon as possible.”

If Ben Davies maintains his current form, Rose might find it difficult to break into the first-team when fit.

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