By Alex Taylor
Fitness and conditioning coach Raymond Verheijen believes Harry Kane’s injury is down to Mauricio Pochettino’s training regime.
Kane, 23, was stretched off during Spurs’ 1-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday and could be ruled out for up to two months after suffering ankle ligament damage.
The striker was one of three players to pick up injuries in the fixture along with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele, leading to questions surrounding Tottenham’s training and injury prevention methods.
Kane single-handedly carried the Spurs attack last season and topped the Premier League scoring charts with 25 goals.
He scored in consecutive league games before breaking down in the final minutes of the clash against Sunderland.
“Several players in one game struggling with their hamstrings is strange, especially at the start of the season,” Verheijen told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.”
“Pochettino is a great coach and a great tactician, so I’m not so much questioning him as a coach in general, but one of the aspects within his approach – the training.
“When he was at Espanyol his team was fading away in the last phase of the season, at Southampton the same thing happened and it has also happened for the last two years at Spurs.
“He’s demanding so much from his players. He’s pushing them hard.
“If you look at his teams consistently fading away in the last months of the season, you can say that he’s pushing them too hard, especially when you have so many players who have had a long season.”
Tottenham looked strong favourites for the title in their last campaign as Manchester City and Arsenal slipped up, but the north Londoners were unable to get over the finishing line.
Pochettino’s side eventually finished 11 points off the pace to eventual winners Leicester and were pipped to second place by local rivals Arsenal on the final day of the season.
Tottenham have made a strong start to their domestic campaign this term though, having already beaten Sunderland, Stoke and Crystal Palace.
The solid start leaves Pochettino’s side third in the Premier League table with 11 points after five games.
Supporters will now be hoping the north London outfit can continue to perform for the entire duration of the season.
In other Tottenham news, Etienne Capoue has scored four goals in his first five games of the new Premier League season – and Spurs fans are wondering on Twitter where this player was when at White Hart Lane.