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SON HE­UNG-MIN may have a strong record in Harry Kane’s ab­sence, but no one in their right mind would ar­gue Tot­ten­ham are bet­ter with­out the Eng­land cap­tain. Yet it re­mains trou­bling that Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino still talks about hav­ing Kane back for the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, if the club can over­come their first-leg deficit in Am­s­ter­dam next week. Kane (right) has al­ready hur­riedly re­turned once this sea­son and did not last long be­fore get­ting in­jured again. No doubt he, and the club, would ar­gue the is­sues are un­re­lated, but an­kle injuries seem a weak­ness, cost­ing him seven and four weeks in 2016-17, three weeks in 2017-18 and six weeks and per­haps the same again this sea­son. By the end of the World Cup last sum­mer, Kane looked ex­hausted, and at times in this cam­paign he has laboured, too. Yet the of­fi­cial line re­mains he is a quick healer and pushes him­self to re­turn. It is hard to be­lieve this will­ing­ness is not in some way a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor to his prob­lems. As painful as it may be for club and player, per­haps, for once, Tot­ten­ham should de­ter­mine to do with­out him, what­ever the sea­son holds.

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