Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has left the door open for Harry Kane to make a shock return to action against Chelsea after massive fears over his injury layoff.

The 24-year-old striker was not only a major doubt for the club’s showdown with the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but for the rest of the season after picking up an ankle blow in a collision with Asmir Begovic during the victory over Bournemouth.

There had been concerns that it would be a long-term absence after a previous injury had sidelined up for nearly two months, but Pochettino has confirmed there is still a chance of him making a stunning return to action against Chelsea.

He told Sky Sports: “He is very positive and he is doing very well. Every day he is improving.

“It is still a few days until the game. I think it is difficult now to say yes or no, to be involved or not in the game.

“I cannot say no but I cannot say yes. If not this weekend, maybe next weekend, but the most important thing is we are so positive about his recovery.”

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Kane is already a Tottenham hero, having established himself as one of the world’s top strikers, and his imperious form has seen him net 35 goals in 39 appearances this season.

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What a turn up for the books this could be. Tottenham fans were on the verge of tears seeing their talisman hobble off the pitch on the south coast and there were serious concerns that he would struggle to return before the end of the season so Pochettino’s hope of an imminent return will be music to the supporters’ ears. Chances are that if he is to feature against Chelsea, it will be from the bench, and although it would not be him leading the line, he could still make a huge impact. That being said, there is little point risking him suffering a setback on his recovery by bringing him back too soon, so it will have to be a well managed return, and Sunday’s game may come too soon.

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