DANNY Rose is back at Tottenham Hotspur to undergo surgery on a wrist injury after bringing the curtain down on his successful season-long loan spell at Sunderland.
Rose played the final game of his Black Cats stint in Sunday’s draw with Southampton, but is ineligible to face parent club Spurs in Sunderland’s final game of the season this weekend.
And with the England Under-21 international’s loan effectively over, Rose has returned to White Hart Lane to cure the wrist problem which has been affecting him for several months.
Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio told SportMail: “Danny cannot play in the last game because it is against Tottenham, and he is not staying with us this week because he needs to have surgery on his wrist.
“He is a Tottenham player and they have to treat him – it is not our responsibility.
“But he has been fantastic for us and as a club we want to thank him for everything he has done.
“Maybe he will come to the game (at White Hart Lane) though.”
Rose was awarded a standing ovation after completing the 27th and final Premier League appearance of his Sunderland spell against the Saints.
Supporters have made no secret of their eagerness to see the 22-year-old make a permanent switch to the Stadium of Light, with chants of “Di Canio, sign him up” as the squad completed a post-match lap of appreciation.
Rose himself has indicated throughout the campaign that he would be keen to remain on Wearside after being limited to just eight league starts at Spurs.
But Di Canio insists he cannot make any resolutions over a potential summer move for Rose until Sunderland’s Premier League status is assured – a fate which will be secured if third-bottom Wigan fail to win at Arsenal tonight.
“At Tottenham, I don’t know how many chances he will have to play,” added Di Canio.
“I don’t know whether he will have the chance to play 38 games there.
“We will have to wait and see what happens.
“I have not made any decisions over whether we will or will not pursue Danny.
“I won’t make any decisions on transfers until we are safe.
“I can’t look at that side of things until our future is clearer.”