Tottenham have been handed a huge boost ahead of their epic Champions League showdown against Borussia Dortmund, as Harry Kane is in line to return for the second leg.
While he certainly will not be available for selection on Wednesday night, Kane should be fit for the trip to Signal Iduna Park in three weeks, reports The Telegraph.
In fact, the report claims Kane’s recovery from an ankle injury sustained last month has been “remarkable”, and he is even eyeing a return in the trip to Burnley.
The Lilywhites take on the Clarets at Turf Moor on February 23, before facing both Chelsea and Arsenal within the following week.
Then comes the trip to Germany for the second leg, by which time Kane is expected to be fully fit.
The Telegraph’s report also claims Dele Alli should be fit for the Champions League decider.
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Well, not much needs saying on the boost Kane and Alli’s returns will bring in terms of individual performance, as both players’ qualities are unquestionable.
However, what may fly under the radar is the flexibility that their returns will offer Mauricio Pochettino, especially in the trip to Dortmund, where just one goal could decide the path of the rest of the season.
European away ties are unlike anything else, and soaking up pressure and playing on the counter-attack is now a real possibility for Pochettino against a Dortmund side that do tend to leave themselves exposed when they pour numbers forward.
With Kane up front, Alli and Heung-min Son just behind him and Christian Eriksen pinging balls from deep in a 4-3-3 formation, Spurs have all the tools to drop a counter-attacking master-class in the second leg to secure progression to the quarter-finals.