Pochettino Hails 'Animal' Kane as Striker Eyes Spurs Return

Arsene Wenger has been impressed with the way Spurs have progressed under Mauricio Pochettino

Arsene Wenger has been impressed with the way Spurs have progressed under Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be the one who has the final say on whether Harry Kane will play at Burnley.

Kane was originally supposed to be out until March after sustaining the injury at Wembley but is back ahead of schedule in what is a crucial period for Spurs that includes games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Pochettino said of Kane "of course if you ask him 10 days ago, he was ready to play". We all know that Harry is an animal and wants to be ready as soon as possible. He wanted to be ready as soon as possible.

"The issue that he suffered is tough to recover from, you can't push and push".

"Maybe he is going to start or maybe not". "I think we need to assess him after one more training session [on Friday] and then decide".

The match against Burnley is Spurs' first game in a little under two weeks, meaning the squad should be fresh and raring to go.

"But I don't care whether Harry wants to play, who decides (on whether he plays against Burnley) is myself, my coaching staff and the doctors and medical staff".

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Kane, Tottenham's top scorer for the last four seasons and victor of two Golden Boot awards, was initially not expected to return to training until early March following his injury sustained against Manchester United at Wembley. But we're so happy that in the last 10 days he was fantastic and training and can be available again. "It's going to be a massive impact for everyone [ when he returns]".

Pochettino said that Dele Alli's recovery is also progressing well but it could be still two weeks before the midfielder can resume playing after his hamstring injury.

It's hard to know when - maybe one week, ten days, two weeks.

Kane, who has scored 20 times in all competitions this season, will give a major boost to Tottenham as they enter a crucial stage of the campaign.

Spurs have been without their talisman for seven matches so far, but have managed to win five of them, losing the other two - although those losses came in both domestic cups.

Yes, it's similar. Danny yesterday was ill. We're happy. This muscle injury is different. We'll see. We need to assess him too.

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