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‘A little injury’ – Mourinho states why Tottenham stalwart sat out Watford draw

Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Jose Mourinho has clear the air regarding the future of veteran full-back Danny Rose.

The 29-year-old did not take part in the Spurs’ disappointing 0-0 stalemate against Watford in the league fixture on Saturday which left them on the eighth position of the league table with 31 points after 23 matches, eight-behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

While talking to Football London after the match, Mourinho was asked whether Rose still has a future at the club to which he responded by saying:

“Yeah, he is part of my plans. Last match at home, very offensive team, wanted also to develop young players and give another chance to Sessegnon to play 90 minutes. It’s the kind of game that Rose doesn’t need for his progression, he is already the player he is.”

“And today he had a little injury in his back two days ago, and yesterday we made the decision to bring only fit players.

“We knew it was going to be physical, at the same time we knew that Sarr is a runner, and to control a runner not better than another runner. So decision was also to bring Sessegnon on the bench in case we needed another winger. So a bit of everything.”

Rose’s last competitive appearance for Spurs came in a 1-0 defeat against league leaders Liverpool on January 11th.

The England international is a long servant of the North London-based and has been associated with them since the summer of 2007.

In that duration, Rose has represented the last season’s UEFA Champions League runners up in 214 matches in all competitions, managing to score 10 goals along with providing 29 assists.

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