Harry Kane injury blow rocks Tottenham ahead of Manchester United showdown
Harry Kane is out of Saturday's Premier League game against Manchester United, after the club confirmed he suffered a minor hamstring strain in last Sunday's win against Liverpool.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had hinted that he did not expect his star striker to face a spell on the sidelines after asked to be taken off towards the end of the 4-1 win against Liverpool.
Yet the Spurs boss has now confirmed that the Premier League's leading scorer will miss arguably his side's biggest game of the season so far, in a blow that will see Fernando Llorente start at Old Trafford.
Pochettino refused to rule Kane out of Wednesday's Champions League game against Real Madrid at Wembley, but he confirmed the England captain will not be available for the game against United.
83 - Under Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League, Harry Kane has scored 83 goals - 52 more than any other Spurs player. Absent. pic.twitter.com/WRmHPHrB7q— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 27, 2017
"We can't take a risk for tomorrow we'll see after for Wednesday, but tomorrow it's impossible," stated Pochettino.
Pochettino went in to insist his side do not need to prove their worth in the absence of their main man, despite a snipe from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola suggesting they are 'the Harry Kane team'.
“We don’t need to prove ourselves," he added. "I think last season, in the period he was injured, you can see the stats and the games we played – win and lose with Harry, win and lose without Harry.
“I’m disappointed because he is our main striker and I think he is one of the best strikers in Europe, in the world, and always you are going to miss your best striker. I am not silly or stupid to talk in a different way.”
Kane's absence would be a huge blow to a side looking to improve their poor record away from home against their chief Premier League rivals, with Pochettino's side drawing two and losing three of their matches against their top six rivals on their travels last season.
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