By Dominic Toner
Harry Redknapp claims that Tottenham striker Harry Kane must play against Arsenal.
Kane, 23, has been sidelined for Spurs’ last 10 games in all competitions after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Sunderland in September.
The England international has recently returned to training and could be in contention to make his comeback against bitter rivals Arsenal.
Spurs face an away match against the Gunners on Sunday in the Premier League and are without a win in their last six games across all competitions.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side slipped to a 1-0 defeat on Wednesday against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and Kane’s absence has been noticeable in recent games.
The north London club have scored just three goals in their last six games, with summer signing Vincent Janssen still searching for his first goal from open play.
Former Spurs manger Redknapp believes that Kane must be involved in some way against Arsenal.
“Harry Kane has to play in Sunday’s north London derby if he’s fit because he can make the difference for Tottenham against Arsenal,” Redknapp wrote in the Evening Standard. “You don’t want to risk him breaking down and being out for months on end but if Harry believes he’s ready to go then get him out there.”
“Mauricio Pochettino could always keep him up his sleeve and bring him on with half an hour to go to strike a bit of fear into Arsenal but either way he must be involved somewhere.”
Kane’s injury came as a huge blow for Spurs in September and attacker Heung-Min Son has chipped in with five goals in his absence.
Despite the club’s recent dip in form, the north London side are still the only unbeaten side in the Premier league and are just three points adrift of table toppers Manchester City.
Kane was the Premier League’s golden boot winner from last season as he scored a remarkable 25 goals.
The forward has netted an incredible 66 goals in just 133 appearances since breaking into the first team, with loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester helping his development as a youngster.
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