Tottenham have been handed a huge boost in the title race, as Harry Kane is expected to return to the pitch well ahead of schedule.
Tottenham fans probably feared their shot at the title had evaporated when Kane went down with an ankle injury after the defeat to Manchester United, only for Dele Alli to join him in the treatment room seven days later.
While Kane was initially feared to be looking at a March return though, Mauricio Pochettino has said that the talisman could be ready to play Burnley on February 23.
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“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 optimistic and his determination to play as soon as possible is unbelievable,” the boss said on Friday, per Football.London (13:34).
“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.”
Well, the Lilywhites will definitely be without Kane for the clash with Leicester this weekend, and it seems unlikely that he will be ready for next week’s huge Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund.
However, Spurs will face Chelsea and Arsenal within seven days of the clash against Burnley, so with the title a more realistic ambition than winning the Champions League, those three contests are surely the priority.
In fact, given Kane’s history of persistent injury problems, Pochettino would be wise to rest him further against Burnley, as unleashing him against their major London rivals could have much larger effects on the title race.