‘I’ve had to hold back animal Harry Kane’s Spurs return,’ says Pochettino

first_imgShare on Twitter Reuse this content Mauricio Pochettino Share on Pinterest Topics Share via Email Despite an eagerness to play the team’s top scorer, Pochettino said he will wait until after Friday’s training session to decide whether to include him in the squad that travels to Turf Moor, where Kane scored a hat-trick last season. The fact that Spurs did not drop a point in four Premier League matches in Kane’s absence helps the manager to be patient and he made it clear he will not select the player unless convinced he is 100% fit – even if that means ignoring Kane’s ferocious appetite for a return.“I don’t care if he feels ready or wants to play or not,” Pochettino said. “I’ll decide with my coaching staff, with the doctor and the medical staff and sports science staff. Always with every player that came from an injury or illness, it’s about the structure, when it’s possible to play or not. Of course if you ask him 10 days ago he was ready to play! But in the end the last word is always myself. I take the risk, the decision and everything that is going on in the team.” Dele Alli’s recovery is also progressing well, he added, but it could be two weeks before the midfielder can resume playing after a hamstring injury. “It’s difficult to know when,” he said. “He’s in a key part, maybe the last part of his recovery, and that is a key part and we can’t know if it will be one week, 10 days or two weeks.” Share on WhatsApp news Share on LinkedIn Tottenham Hotspur Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Read more Manchester City fan in ‘critical condition’ after alleged assault in Germany Harry Kane Mauricio Pochettino has praised the “animal” qualities that have enabled Harry Kane to fight back from an ankle injury to the point where he could return to action at Burnley on Saturday. The striker has missed seven Tottenham matches since damaging the ankle in the defeat by Manchester United on 13 January.“Everyone knows that Harry is an animal – he wants to be ready as soon as possible,” Pochettino said. “He did everything to try to recover and of course the injury that he suffered is tough to recover from. We’re so happy that in the last 10 days he was fantastic, back in training again, and he can be available again. It’s going to be a massive impact for everyone [when he returns].“I’m so happy to have all the players but we can’t hide that he’s one of the best strikers in the world.last_img

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