Harry Kane will have a big role to play for Tottenham against Manchester City – even if he is not fit enough to feature in the game.
That is the view of ex-England and Man City defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the England captain faces a race against time to make Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
Interim Spurs manager Ryan Mason revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday he was taking Kane’s injury on an “hour by hour” basis.
He added: “I think we’re going to assess it late tonight [Friday] or early tomorrow and see if we can get him on the pitch.”
The 27-year-old injured his ankle late on in Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Everton last Friday and missed their win over Southampton in midweek.
“He’s their talisman, they need him,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“They need him to perform and put on a display, especially with Ryan Mason in charge.
“You need all your big hitters out there, you need that inspiration and Harry Kane is clearly a leader as much as anyone else.
“If he’s missing he’ll still be in the dressing room and have a lot to say and rightly so.
“If Spurs are to beat Manchester City they need all their players at their absolute max as they did in the league game earlier on in the season.”
Tottenham beat Man City 2-0 at home in November thanks to goals from Heung-min Son and Giovanni Lo Celso which took them to the top of the Premier League.
In the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium, Spurs were easily beaten 3-0 by Pep Guardiola’s side.