Kane faces late fit­ness test

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino will take a late call on whether in­form striker Harry Kane plays in to­day’s Premier League match against Ever­ton, with the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur man­ager un­will­ing to take any risks with his star striker who is nurs­ing an in­jury.

Kane picked up a knock af­ter col­lid­ing with a post in last week­end’s 4-0 win over Stoke City and was sub­sti­tuted in the sec­ond half af­ter scor­ing a hat-trick.

De­fend­ers Jan Ver­tonghen and Toby Alder­weireld are doubt­ful, with longer term ab­sen­tees full­back Danny Rose and mid­fielder Erik Lamela also un­avail­able.

“The first mo­ment (Kane got in­jured) he said it was good. When af­ter a few minutes he tried, I asked, and in that mo­ment we made two changes. He said ‘I am okay’. But at the end of the game, when it got cold, it ap­peared more painful.

“I trust that he can play Sun­day. But if not, if he is a risk, he will not be in the squad,” said Po­chet­tino on Fri­day.

Po­chet­tino, who is among the book­mak­ers’ favourites to re­place Barcelona man­ager Luis En­rique at the end of the sea­son, said he was not sur­prised he had been linked to the Span­ish gi­ants.

“I saw it’s a big list, 100 names. Like I al­ways told you it’s a busi­ness I know very well,” the Ar­gen­tine added. “For me Tot­ten­ham are one of the big­gest clubs. We play very good football.

“It’s nor­mal we catch the at­ten­tion of other clubs and football peo­ple. We are part of that busi­ness and our names al­ways ap­pear on the lists.”

Tot­ten­ham play Ever­ton at White Hart Lane to­day.

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