Fit-again Kane provides Tottenham with timely boost

Date published: Friday 4th November 2016 2:17

Harry Kane: Back in Tottenham squad

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be in the squad to face Arsenal in the north London derby on Sunday.

Pochettino said Kane would at least be named on the bench at the Emirates Stadium and added it would “not be a risk” to play the 23-year-old.

Kane has been out for almost seven weeks with an ankle ligament injury but resumed training with the first-team squad on Monday.

“He will be in the squad,” Pochettino said.

“He will be available for Sunday and then I need to decide (whether he should be in the) starting XI or (on the) bench.

“I am happy after yesterday, (it was a) very good training session, he is fit.”

Pochettino added: “It would not be a risk to play him. We try to avoid risk. If he is on the pitch or the bench it’s because we’re sure it’s not a risk for him to play.

“In football you can’t avoid all risk because it’s a contact sport (but if) the doctor said he is available to be selected it’s because there is no risk of injury.”

Kane’s return would come as a huge boost to Tottenham, who have struggled for both form and fluency without their first-choice striker.

Spurs have not found the net from open play in their last five matches and they are winless in their last six in all competitions.

Kane also has an impressive record against Arsenal, notching four goals in three league games against the Gunners and scoring in both league fixtures last season.

“Always it is important to have Harry Kane,” Pochettino said.

“In the last few seasons he has been very important for us. He was top scorer in the Premier League (last season) and always the player who is top scorer in the Premier League is important for any club.

“It is true he has a good record against Arsenal. It is important he is back and can help the team get a good result.”

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