Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that star striker Harry Kane faces a battle to be fit for Saturday’s crunch Premier League fixture against Manchester United, according to reports by ESPN.
The 24-year-old hitman sat out Spurs 3-2 Carabao Cup loss to West Ham United, although his coach has confirmed that the plan was always to rotate and start Fernando Llorente in yesterday’s game anyway.
“We’ll see, we need to assess the team, we were forced to rotate [tonight] for different reasons.” stated Pochettino when quizzed on Kane’s fitness.
Kane is struggling with an injury that he picked up in his side’s impressive 4-1 victory over Liverpool last Sunday. He was substituted in the 88th minute and left the pitch clutching his right hamstring.
The England striker has been in superb form so far this season and is currently the Premier Leagues top goal scorer with eight strikes to his name.
Even if Kane is to make it back in time to feature at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early fixture, the fact he has only had six days to recover from something as sensitive as a hamstring injury will mean the forward will be far from fully fit.
Spurs fans will be devastated if their talisman is unavailable, although this news will be music to the ears of Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
If Kane does miss the game, especially with the form he has been in of late, the odds of a home win will massively increase, in a game neither side can really afford to lose, if they are to keep pace with Pep Guardiola’s Man City at the top of the Premier League table.
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