Tottenham's Erik Lamela in contention to face Leicester, says Mauricio Pochettino
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 27/11/17 4:05pm
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that both Erik Lamela and Danny Rose and are in contention to face Leicester on Tuesday.
Lamela has been sidelined with a number of hip injuries for over a year, while Rose only recently made his return to first-team duties after a long-term knee injury.
"It's good news because Lamela is in contention for tomorrow and, after training today, he told us he feels good and said 'okay I am ready to move on and be available if you want'," Pochettino said.
"I think it is so important because we have a very busy schedule ahead."
Rose made his return against Real Madrid in the Champions League last month but was omitted from Tottenham's match-day squad for both the defeat at Arsenal and Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom.
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The England international's long-term future at Spurs has been in question since he publicly criticised the club in the summer and hoped for a move, but Pochettino suggested the defender remains part of his plans.
"He understands perfectly that we are caring for him," he said. "He played against Dortmund but he needs to build up, getting better every week.
"My decision, not only with Danny but with everyone, is to care for them - to try and get a performance at the level we want and to also benefit them.
"It is okay because he was training during the week and we believe he is available for tomorrow."
Pochettino admitted his side's Premier League title chances look bleak at the weekend, as the gap to league-leaders Manchester City was extended to 13 points.
And he said: "We need to believe and try to win games. If we don't win [against Leicester] - it is difficult to be a contender.
"It is true that there is a great gap between Manchester City and the rest of the contenders. Manchester City have improved a lot from last season. The gap is massive but we will see what happens.