Tottenham Hotspur is likely to be without Danny Rose for the start of next season.
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The England left back, 26, has been missing for Spurs since Jan. 31 and after initially making a comeback to training, he has now had exploratory surgery on his left knee and will spend the summer months recovering.
Spurs confirmed Rose’s surgery in a statement.
“We can confirm that Danny Rose has undergone exploratory surgery on his left knee today. He recently returned to training; however, the problem has not resolved fully, therefore a decision has been made to proceed to surgery. He will now return to action next season.”
It is being reported that Rose’s operation to clear up any lingering issues with his medial ligament will likely keep him out of most of Spurs’ preseason trip to the U.S. and he may well miss the start of next season.
This is a blow for Spurs but it has to be said that Welsh international Ben Davies has stepped up admirably in his absence.
However, Rose’s pace and power in either a full back or wing back role has been a huge reason for Spurs’ continued progress over the past two seasons. The England international had reportedly been attracting interest from both Manchester City and Manchester United and it is easy to understand why.
Now, though, his full focus will be on getting fit and back on the pitch as soon as possible.