Spurs boss Pochettino: "We'll be ready if Chelsea slip up."

By Ciaran McGrath in Football

MAURICIO Pochettino has been dealt a blow ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Middlesbrough after it was revealed that Danny Rose will need to see a specialist on Monday following a scan of his knee injury.

The left back limped out of the Lilywhites’ midweek match in midweek - and Spurs boss Pochettino admitted he was in the dark as to how long he would be out of action.

On a positive note, Pochettino confirmed that Hugo Lloris was ready for action after recovering from the illness which sidelined him on Tuesday night.

Spurs were forced to settle for a point following Tuesday night’s goalless draw against Boro’s North East neighbours Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and Pochettino was clearly keen to get back to winning ways.

The result was doubly frustrating in the light of other results this week, notably Arsenal’s surprising 2-1 home defeat to Watford and league leaders Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

Pochettino said: "The specialist will explain on Monday. Now we have to wait and see.

"Hugo Lloris will be fine - he has trained well."

Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen are still injured - although Pochettino said both were making good progress.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s match, Pochettino said he was very keen to be ready in the event that Chelsea were to slip up.

He said: "It is up to us. All we can do is be ready if Chelsea lose and tomorrow we have a good opportunity. We have to win every game if we want to be at the top."

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