Tottenham Team News: Pochettino Confirms Key Man Will Miss Man Utd Trip
Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed a major injury blow ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United this weekend.
Tottenham will be looking to give their title hopes a major boost when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Ahead of the game, Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference today and he’s given reporters a team news and injury update.
Unfortunately for Spurs, Pochettino revealed a huge blow after confirming that Harry Kane is set to miss the trip to Manchester due to a hamstring injury.
Kane was forced off during the closing stages of Tottenham’s 4-1 victory over Liverpool last weekend and was seen clutching the back of his leg as he was replaced in the 85th minute.
Pochettino initially said it was down to fatigue immediately after the game at Wembley, however, reports emerged yesterday suggesting that Kane had in fact picked up a hamstring injury.
The Spurs boss has now confirmed those reports and while Pochettino describes the injury as ‘minor’ he also says it’s ‘impossible’ for Kane to face United at Old Trafford tomorrow.
So Tottenham aren’t willing to take a risk on the England international’s fitness and Kane will also be assessed ahead of next week’s huge Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
Pochettino is quoted as saying by ESPN:
“For tomorrow, we cannot take a risk. It’s a minor injury, very small, but we cannot take a risk. We’ll see after for Wednesday against Real Madrid. Tomorrow, it’s impossible.”
“Yes. It’s a problem. We want them available to play. It’s lucky it’s not a big problem but he’s not going to play tomorrow.”
The news will come as a huge blow to Spurs as Kane has been in sensational form this season with his brace against Liverpool taking his tally to 13 in his 12 games so far this campaign.
Tottenham will also continue to be without Victor Wanyama as the midfielder is still recovering from a knee injury and is due to visit a specialist next week.
Spurs head in to the weekend action with just goal difference separating them from second-placed United so Pochettino will be hoping the absence of Kane won’t affect them too much as they look to close the gap on Man City.
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