Sunday 17 November 2019

Tottenham title hopes boosted by Kane's return

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Tottenham's Harry Kane. Photo: Reuters
Tottenham's Harry Kane. Photo: Reuters

Luke Brown

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Harry Kane's recovery from an ankle ligament injury is well ahead of schedule and that the forward has returned to first-team training.

Kane has been absent since he suffered ligament damage after just five minutes of Tottenham's FA Cup quarter-final against Millwall, on March 12. It was originally thought that the striker would be absent for up to six weeks, but Kane has made a superb recovery from the injury and could even take up a place on the bench for the Premier League match against Watford today.

"Harry's had a few sessions before, and today he was involved with the team," Pochettino said.

"And we'll see tomorrow whether he will start the game or be on the bench. But it's good news that he's ready. He feels good about his recovery. It's very good news for him and for us. He's an important player for us, and for him to be available for us is great.

Kane's rapid recovery would also see him return in time for two vital London derbies, to the delight of his manager, who has described his striker as a "special player".

Spurs play Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals on April 15, before playing Arsenal in the last ever north London derby at White Hart Lane on April 30, a match which could have serious ramifications for who finishes in the top four.

"We are happy, he's ready, maybe normally after one month out you need to feel the competition," Pochettino added. "But he's a special player, he tries to push himself a lot.

"What Harry means for the team is a massive boost for us and it's fantastic news. He's always desperate to play, he's always pushing you to try to let him train, play, and score goals."

Spurs have announced that Danny Rose - also absent with ligament damage - is on track for a return by the end of the month and could play against Arsenal.

Pochettino does have a minor injury crisis at the back. His first-choice keeper Hugo Lloris has an illness while his deputy, Michel Vorm, picked up a knee injury in the win against Swansea.

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