By Dominic Toner
Glenn Hoddle believes that Tottenham forward Harry Kane will need time to return to his best after a spell out through injury.
The 23-year-old has been sidelined for Spurs’ last nine games after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Sunderland in September.
Kane has returned to training and could make his comeback in the Premier League clash with rivals Arsenal on Sunday, but will miss Wednesday’s European tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
Spurs are currently in a disappointing run of results and have not win in their last five games across all competitions, scoring just three goals in that time.
Former Spurs manager Hoddle has urged the Spurs fans to be patient with Kane when he returns to action.
“It’s a big ask for the young man. It’s the first time he’s been out for any length of time over a longer period of time through injury,” Hoddle said, as quoted by Four Four Two.
“That’s a hurdle you have to get over as a player mentally, so it’s asking a lot.
“He’s not going to come back in great form straight away. He’ll need some time, but during that time, if he can start popping a few goals in, that’ll get his confidence back quicker.”
Spurs have been forced to use summer signing Vincent Janssen in recent matches and the Dutch international is yet to score from open play, with just three converted penalties goals in his opening 15 games.
Mauricio Pochettino has also used attacker Heung-Min Son in Kane’s absence, but will be desperate for the return of the Englishman.
Kane has become the club’s first-choice option in recent seasons and was the Premier League top scorer last season with 25 goals.
The forward scored 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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