Tottenham injury boost: Poch confirms key man will be fit to face Chelsea & Arsenal

By on February 8, 2019

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Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed a major injury boost with Harry Kane set to return for Tottenham’s crucial games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Kane has been on the sidelines since suffering an ankle injury during the closing stages of Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Wembley last month after he twisted his ankle under a challenge from Victor Lindelof.

The 25-year-old was initially not expected to even begin full training again until at least the start of March but Kane has been making excellent progress in his rehabilitation in recent weeks.

The England international has already started individual outdoor training work and Pochettino has now confirmed the 20-goal hitman is almost ready to make his first team comeback.

The Spurs boss says Kane won’t be considered for this weekend’s clash with Leicester City or the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday but the striker could make his return for the trip to Burnley on the 23rd.

Speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon, Pochettino also provided the latest on Dele Alli and said the midfielder is also making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury but refused to offer a potential comeback date.

Tottenham could also be without Eric Dier against Leicester on Sunday as he’s suffering from a virus while Ben Davies continues on the sidelines with a groin strain.

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Pochettino is quoted as saying by Football London:

Harry Kane update?
He’s doing well, fantastic. You know him well, we need to stop everyday because he wants to be ahead of his recovery. He’s very optimists and his determination to play as soon as possible is unbelievable.

He’s doing well, he’s nearly ready to play but we need to be realistic too and in between all the areas to take the best decision. I think he’s so close to come back. Not for Sunday or Wednesday, but we will see after. Maybe, maybe [he could play against Burnley].

Injury to Eric Dier?
We will see, he [Dier] was affected by a virus and he needs time to recover.

Is Alli making the same progress?
It’s different injury, we need to get in different way. He’s doing well and we are happy.

It’s a huge boost for Tottenham to have Kane back ahead of schedule as it means he’s expected to be available for their huge trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on the 27th of February.

Kane will also be fully fit for the North London Derby when Arsenal head to Wembley on March 2nd so the striker has given Spurs a major boost in their pursuit of challenging for the Premier League title this season.

Tottenham head in to the weekend action sitting third in the table – five points off Liverpool and Man City – so they’ll be looking to maintain the pressure with another win over Leicester on Sunday.

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