Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Harry Kane could miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid, reports The Mirror.
A hamstring injury kept the 24-year-old out of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, and it seems that the striker may struggle to be fit in time for the visit of Madrid.
No timeline of recovery has been offered and Kane has not been ruled out of the match entirely, but Pochettino is being cautious.
The Mirror quotes the Argentine as saying:
“With the doctors and the player, we will take the best decision for everyone. It’s not the last game or the final where you would say: ‘ok, after that it’s holidays.’
“We must analyse and take the best decision for everyone. We will assess him and then we will make the best decision. My feeling is good. But it’s not my feeling, it’s Harry Kane’s feeling.”
The player himself if believed to be keen to get back on the pitch for the crucial European encounter, which ended in 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Bernabeu.
Spurs are certainly not a one-man team, but Kane’s absence was felt against United at Old Trafford.
The visiting team put in a good shift in defence, but that crucial touch was missing in the final third, with Son Heung-min and Dele Alli failing to find the breakthrough.
Kane offers a huge threat up front, but without him against a team of Madrid’s calibre, Tottenham may need to change their tactics.
Fernando Llorente is next in line, but with all due respect, the Spaniard is not on the same level as his teammate.
Everyone connected with Tottenham will be praying that Kane is passed fit for the Wembley showdown.