By Russell Edge

16th Feb, 2018 | 2:39pm

Confirmed: Fringe Tottenham man in line for start v Rochdale after senior star's injury blow

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Harry Kane suffered an injury blow on his ankle against Juventus and that Fernando Llorente looks set to take his place against Rochdale.
The England striker was crucial in Spurs’ fightback during the 2-2 draw in Turin, constantly testing the Italian’s back line and scoring the first goal for the north London side after a nightmare opening 10 minutes in which the home side took a 2-0 lead thanks to Gonzalo Higuain’s double.
They face a different sort of test this weekend however, with a trip to League One strugglers Rochdale in the FA Cup, but they may have to do without their star man after he was named a big doubt after a minor injury against the reigning Italian champions.
Pochettino was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “Harry suffered a knock. Of course, there is the possibility we will start with Fernando [Llorente, against Rochdale].
“If he is fit maybe he has the possibility to play, if he is not 100 percent he could be on the bench or maybe half an hour, or 20 minutes.
“We need to assess him tomorrow to see if he possible for the squad.”
Kane has been in imperious form in front of goal this season, netting at a rate of almost a goal-per-game with 33 strikes in 34 appearances.
Llorente meanwhile has struggled to hit the goal trail since his arrival from Swansea City over the summer, managing to net just twice in 25 outings, although only eight of those have come in the starting XI as he plays the role of understudy to Kane.
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