Pochettino reveals Tottenham ace is ruled out of Leverkusen clash, could make Arsenal return
By Will Butcher
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Tottenham’s star striker Harry Kane could return against Arsenal, after being ruled out to play against Bayer Leverkusen.
The academy product has failed to feature for Pochettino’s side since being stretchered off against Sunderland back in September with an ankle injury, but returned to training on Tuesday.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League tie, Pochettino revealed that Kane would not make the bench but could feature in Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal.
“Tomorrow he [Kane] will not be on the bench, no,” Pochettino said, as quoted by ESPN. “It was good for him to be involved in the warm-up with the team and some exercises but he is not ready.
Asked if Kane could play at Emirates Stadium, Pochettino said: “Maybe, maybe. He made half the training sessions with the team and then it was a specific training session for him, and for Toby the same.”
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Tottenham will be desperate to see the return of Kane, after finding the net only three times in their last five outings.
Summer signing Vincent Janssen has faltered in front of goal following his £17million move from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar. He has scored just three penalties in a Tottenham shirt this season.
South Korea international Son Heung-Min has been in fine form himself in front of goal after winning the September Player of the Month award, but his finishing touch has also vanished.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for his side to secure three points against their German counterparts, as they look to progress into the knockout phase of the competition.
With just three points separating first from fourth, a win could see Spurs move to the top of the table and strengthen their chances of securing a spot in the round of 16.
In other Tottenham team news, this star player is also a major doubt after picking up a hip injury in training.