Tottenham left-back Danny Rose has admitted that he was worried about the reception he would receive from Spurs fans when he was substituted on for the final ten minutes of his side's Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Rose returned on Tuesday night after a nine month lay off following knee ligament damage. During his time sidelined, the Englishman publicly slammed the club for their wage structure and faced a fine from Tottenham.
However, since apologising, everything seems top be forgotten - but Rose has claimed he was still scared about returning to the pitch:
“My opinions will be voiced in a different way from now on. I’ve been disciplined and we move forward together as a club", he told the Evening Standard.
“I did what I did. I was expecting a frosty reception from the fans so I just have to say thank you to them for giving me a great reception when I came on and when I was training on the pitch after the game.
“I’m trying to look forward now for the rest of the season. First and foremost I have to try to win my shirt back. [What I said has] gone now, my manager [Mauricio Pochettino] has forgotten about it and we all move forward and we try to win this club a trophy.”
Rose's return will be a huge boost to the club, who have spent the last nine months with Ben Davies as their only specialist left-back, with Jan Vertonghen filling when needed.
Rose will be contention to feature against Liverpool on the weekend - though whether he is ready to start remains to be seen. Spurs host the Reds in hope of earning their second home win of the season.