Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Fitness boost for Spurs as Lamela and Rose return to training

Two of Tottenham's first team stars are close to returning from injury and there is a fresh update today on their progress.

Chelsea and Manchester United are ready to go head-to-head over the signature of Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose this winter, according to a report in the Express.

Now though, if United do want to sign Rose, then they will have to negotiate with Levy, and their hand will be weakened by their need of a left back, a potential title battle between the two clubs and doing a deal in the middle of the season.

Rose has not played since sustaining a medial knee ligament injury on 31 January, for which he had surgery on 16 May.

The left-back scored and impressed in the club's last game against Huddersfield.

It has been even longer since manager Mauricio Pochettino was last able to call upon the services of fellow Argentine Lamela, who has not played a single minute of football since appearing as a substitute in Tottenham's 2-1 EFL Cup fourth round defeat to Liverpool in October 2016.

Argentina midfielder Lamela, 25, has not played in nearly 12 months because of hip problems.

Now, both Lamela and Rose have returned to first-team training and will be looking to get 100% fit in the coming months.

Rose was strongly linked with a move during the summer after publicly criticising Tottenham's transfer policy while he also admitted he would consider a move in order to earn a more competitive salary and win trophies.

Now, his ambition could be met as he lines up a move to a Premier League elite club.

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