Spurs won’t miss Kane, says Po­chet­tino

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Euro 2016, so to­day is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent pe­riod and we are at a com­pletely dif­fer­ent level.”

Kane will also miss Eng­land’s friendly against Ger­many on Wed­nes­day and the World Cup qual­i­fier against Lithua­nia four days later.

League matches in April against Burn­ley, Swansea City, Wat­ford and Bournemouth could also come too soon, while an FA Cup semi-fi­nal against Chelsea is loom­ing next month.

But Kane, who has 24 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, is con­fi­dent he will re­turn from in­jury ahead of sched­ule, ac­cord­ing to Po­chet­tino, and play some part in the run-in.

“We need to as­sess him day-by­day. He’s very pos­i­tive, he’s al­ways jok­ing about be­ing fit af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break or in three or four weeks,” Po­chet­tino said.

“He’s very pos­i­tive and that is good, but at the same time we need to be care­ful with his in­jury.

“We trust com­pletely in our doc­tor and phys­ios and depart­ment that looks af­ter them in the best way.

“We’ll see but we hope that yes, as soon as pos­si­ble he will be avail­able again.”

In his ab­sence South Korea for­ward Son He­ungMin and Vin­cent Janssen are vy­ing to start up front as Spurs try to close the 10-point gap on lead­ers Chelsea.

Son bagged a hat-trick in the 60 quar­ter-fi­nal win over Mill­wall, while Janssen scored his lon­gawaited first goal from open play.

Po­chet­tino ex­pects the pair to seize their chance: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for Vin­cent and Sonny to play more in the start­ing 11.”

Po­chet­tino faces his former club in Southamp­ton, who have seen Nathan Red­mond and James WardProwse win their first Eng­land callups this week.

Saints man­ager Claude Puel ex­pects the pair to be fly­ing at White Hart Lane on the back of their maiden in­ter­na­tional calls.

“It’s fan­tas­tic for them and for the club,” he said.

“They de­serve it and we wish them well. Lately we’ve been in

The num­ber of goals Harry Kane has scored

for Tot­ten­ham in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son good form, scor­ing lots of goals and they have played a part in us achiev­ing that.”

Southamp­ton chiefly have in­form striker Manolo Gab­bia­dini to thank for that with the Ital­ian scor­ing six goals in his four ap­pear­ances since join­ing from Napoli in Jan­uary.

But Southamp­ton’s im­pres­sive re­cent run will be on line when they face a Tot­ten­ham side who have won nine suc­ces­sive league games on home soil.

“They have a lot of wins at home, so it’s a good chal­lenge for us,” Puel said. “It will be in­ter­est­ing to see our progress. They are a very good side who are very strong.

“They have beaten a lot of teams, es­pe­cially at home, so we need to con­cen­trate and play to our abil­ity that we are ca­pa­ble of.” AFP

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