Kane out of Lev­erkusen clash but in line for derby re­turn

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Harry Kane has been ruled out of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Cham­pi­ons League tie against Bayer Lev­erkusen at Wem­b­ley to­day but the Eng­land striker could re­turn in this week­end’s North Lon­don derby against Arse­nal.

Dam­age to lig­a­ments in his right an­kle has seen Kane side­lined for just over six weeks but he did take a re­duced role in first-team train­ing yes­ter­day. He is due to be in­volved in full train­ing to­mor­row and could now fea­ture in Sun­day’s derby clash at Arse­nal’s Emi­rates Sta­dium. When asked on Tues­day about the 23-year-old Kane’s prospects, Spurs boss Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said: “To­mor­row (Wed­nes­day), no, not on the bench.

“It’s good be­cause you can see him to­day warm­ing up with the team to be in­volved in some ex­er­cises. But no, for to­mor­row he is not ready. “Sun­day? Maybe, maybe.” Spurs de­fender Toby Alder­weireld is still out of ac­tion with a leg in­jury, while Erik Lamela re­mains doubt­ful to face Lev­erkusen be­cause of a hip prob­lem.

Should Kane fea­ture in some ca­pac­ity against Arse­nal it would bol­ster his chances of be­ing called up for Eng­land duty later this month.

Eng­land face old ri­vals Scot­land in a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier at Wem­b­ley on Novem­ber 11, four days be­fore a home friendly against Spain. While some in the Spurs’ hi­er­ar­chy might pre­fer it if Kane were spared Eng­land ap­pear­ances so soon af­ter an in­jury lay-off, Po­chet­tino said he will not stand in his way if he is se­lected by Eng­land in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate.

“If he is avail­able to play Sun­day against Arse­nal then it will be dif­fi­cult for us to stop him if the na­tional team call him,” Po­chet­tino said.

“We are pro-na­tional team al­ways for all the play­ers. If Harry is avail­able we are not stupid to say ‘no, Harry is out,’ to try to pro­tect him so that af­ter two weeks he can be with us.

“We want the best for the team and for the player. It’s true that maybe it makes more sense for the na­tional team to say: ‘Okay, stay at home. Stay with Tot­ten­ham and train for two weeks. It’s im­por­tant to build Harry’s fit­ness and be bet­ter af­ter’. “But, if they con­sider that they need Harry to play for the na­tional team and he is avail­able to play against Arse­nal then we can­not stop.”

Tot­ten­ham may be the only un­beaten team left in this sea­son’s Premier League but they have not won any of their last five matches in all com­pe­ti­tions and have not scored in open play in their last four fixtures.

Ger­man club Lev­erkusen are third in Group E, just a point be­hind Spurs, and Po­chet­tino said: “It’s im­por­tant to win. Lev­erkusen is a very good team with very good play­ers. I think it will be tough. “We need to be more clin­i­cal in our of­fen­sive sit­u­a­tion. We need to be de­ter­mined and ag­gres­sive in the last third,” the Ar­gen­tinian added. — AFP

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