Tottenham starlet Danny Rose has returned from his loan spell with Sunderland to have surgery on a longstanding wrist injury.
The England under-21 international has impressed since joining the Black Cats at the start of the season, making 26 appearances and scoring one goal against Aston Villa last month.
However, the 22-year-old is now set to return to the capital to clear up an injury he sustained in his spell on Wearside.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio said: “Danny cannot play in the last game because it is against Tottenham. 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.
“He has been fantastic for us and we want to thank him for everything he has done."
Despite only making 29 appearances for his parent club – including a spectacular long-range strike in his league debut against rivals Arsenal in 2010 – Rose has quickly established himself as a regular for Di Canio’s side.
Rose’s outstanding performances have seen him become a fan favourite, and in their final home game of the season against Southampton last week a large section of the home crowd prompted the Mackem boss to ‘sign him up’.
And, although Di Canio realises Rose may become available in the summer, the Italian is yet to make a decision regarding the left-back.
“At Tottenham I don’t know how many chances Danny will have to play. I don’t know whether he will have the chance to play 38 games there,” added Di Canio.
“We will have to wait and see what happens.
“I have not made any decisions over whether we will or will not pursue Danny in the summer.”
Despite wanting first team football, Rose is expected to stay at Spurs next season and challenge Benoit Assou-Ekotto for a place in Andre Villas-Boas’ starting XI.