The England International was formerly sidelined for 10-months with a knee ligament injury which he acquired in a match against Sunderland back in January 2017. The left-back returned from his injury last year November only to go back in the sidelines while playing against Southampton two months ago.
However, since he has returned to full fitness, the England left-back has been seen to have gone down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino, who now prefers to start Ben Davies ahead of the 27-year-old left back.
Fessing up his own frustrations of taking the role of the second option, Rose said: “I felt I’d started to hit good form before the Southampton setback, then I had to spend a month in the gym to get stronger again.”
“It’s great to be back again of course, but I need to build up my match fitness.
“I’d say I’m probably match fit for any other team in the league, but still not quite where I need to be and where I’d like to be for this team.
“Being match fit isn’t good enough here, you have to be exceptionally fit for the way we like to play and I was close to that before my last setback.
“It’s probably going to take another couple of matches now to get me back to where I was.
“We’ve got so much more to play for this season and I want to make sure I’m part of it. There are really exciting times ahead.”
The Tottenham boss Pochettino was seen to be having an “animated” conversation, which was after dragging Rose out of training to have the discussion and has caused quite a stir in the media, with some already doubting the future of the left-back at the White Hart Lane.
Talking about the “animated” conversation, the Spurs boss said: “That was a private conversation”.
“It was just a coincidence that you saw me, but that is the normal way I approach my players. Just today, you picked me out talking to him.
“Animated? Yes. It is because we have passion. We might not show it too much on the touchline, but we are people who feel passion.”
With European football dreams ended for the the North London club – following the defeat at the Wembley Stadium to Serie A giants Juventus – the Spurs team will return to Premier League action against AFC Bournemouth.