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Rose raring to go

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by Ashley Houghton

Fit-again defender hoping to face Gunners.

Sunderland defender Danny Rose says he is “raring to go” ahead of this weekend’s visit of Arsenal.

Rose, who is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Spurs, told safc.com that he is eager to return to Martin O’Neill’s starting line-up having missed almost a month with a hamstring injury.

I’m glad that I’m back fit now, and I’m just fighting to get into the starting eleven

- Rose on injury

“I’m glad that I’m back fit now, and I’m just fighting to get into the starting eleven,” said Rose, who played the second half as a substitute at Reading last weekend.

“It’ll take me a few games to get back into the swing of things and I hope I can get back into the team for this weekend.

“I’m just raring to go; I want to finish strong for the last three months of the season.”

Speaking of his injury, the 22-year-old admitted he was forced to endure a frustrating wait during his spell on the sidelines.

“My recovery was a little slow; it took about a month to get back properly,” he added.

“It was the first time I’d ever had a muscle injury but it can happen at any time to anyone.

“I was gutted as I was playing well; I just hope I can get back to that level, but it won’t happen overnight.”

After Saturday’s defeat to Reading, Rose, who scored his only previous Barclays Premier League goal against Arsenal, is hoping his side can push on as the Black Cats aim to make the top ten.

We know the fans will always get behind us...My friends and family come up and always say how brilliant it is

- Rose on SoL backing

“We went through a sloppy five or ten minutes at the weekend; we conceded a free-kick and then they’ve scored from the free-kick,” he explained.

“If you look at the second half we were definitely the better team. We’ve just got to do things right against Arsenal and put them under a lot of pressure and hopefully get three points.

“Confidence is still high; we’ve just got to do things we were doing maybe two or three games ago and put it right at the weekend.”

Since joining on loan from Spurs, Rose has made 17 appearances for Sunderland and he has reserved special praise for the Black Cats faithful.

And he assures those fans that the lads are working hard to put more points on the table on Saturday.

“We know the fans will always get behind us,” he said. “My friends and family come up and always say how brilliant it is.

“We should have got more points than we have, if we had, we’d be comfortable in the top half but now we have to look forward to Saturday and try and put things right.”