Danny Rose

Rose eyeing bounce-back showing

by Stuart Vose

Defender targeting return to starting line-up.

Danny Rose is hoping to see Sunderland banish the disappointment of the defeat at QPR when they host Norwich this weekend.

The defender returned from injury as a second-half substitute at Loftus Road last weekend only to see his side lose 3-1.

Now he’s looking to get back on track this weekend – regardless of whether he makes a return to the starting line-up for the first time in more than a month.

“We’re all disappointed, it was a game we wanted to win and if not it was certainly a game we didn’t want to lose,” he said.

“Norwich is a big game, I’m looking forward to it whether I’m in the team or not and I’m looking forward to myself and the lads bouncing back positively and hopefully getting three points.”

Rose is also hoping to put his personal frustrations behind him having missed the last three games with a hamstring problem.

The England under-21 international returned to parent club Spurs for treatment before heading back up to Wearside once fully fit.

And he’s not taking anything for granted regarding his place in the team having been named on the bench last week.

“It’s difficult because you never want to get injured, and getting injured when you’re playing well is even harder to take, but now I’ve just got to fight to get in the team again.

“I’m working hard to get my muscles stronger and hopefully I can stay fit now until the end of the season.

“I haven’t missed that many games with there being an international break and a cup weekend so that’s been good on that side. I’m just looking forward to hopefully getting back into the team.”