Tuesday 17 October 2017

Kane in line for return against Arsenal

Harry Kane during a training session at Tottenham Training Centre, London. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Harry Kane during a training session at Tottenham Training Centre, London. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Matt Law

Harry Kane has been ruled out of Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen tonight, but manager Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful of having him fit in time to play against Arsenal on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, who has not started a game since injuring ankle ligaments against Sunderland on September 18, is expected to resume full training today.

Pochettino is well aware that England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will be watching Kane's progress ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Scotland next Friday and the friendly against Spain four days later.

"If he is available to play Sunday against Arsenal, then it will be difficult for us to stop him if the national team call him," said Pochettino. "That is more a question for the manager of the national team to select him or not."

Asked whether he would approach Southgate over Kane's participation for England, Pochettino said: "No, no, never. If he calls and asks me, OK I will give my opinion and my advice, but it's his job to recognise every single situation about the player, not only with Harry but with the whole squad.

"He must decide if it would be good for Harry to be involved or not."

Toby Alderweireld will also miss the Leverkusen game and is struggling to recover from a knee injury in time to face Arsenal, while Erik Lamela suffered a hip problem in training yesterday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Tottenham v Bayer Leverkusen, Live, RTE 2/BT Sport 2, 7.45

Telegraph.co.uk

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