Tottenham do not have the squad depth to protect Harry Kane from the intense demands of this season, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he worries about the 27-year-old amid what has been a non-stop Premier League campaign.
Kane has featured in 37 of a possible 45 games across all competitions so far for Spurs, with 31 starts.
Only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Hugo Lloris and Heung-min Son have played more minutes than the England striker.
Kane has also made six appearances from a possible eight for the Three Lions since the start of the season.
Whelan admitted he feared for the hitman’s fitness and suggested a lack of options could hurt Spurs.
Asked if he worried about the toll the season was taking on players like Kane, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. You’ve got to, don’t you? It’s a lot of games in a short turnaround from last season.
“It’s not the same as every other season with everything that’s going on. You do worry.
“I guess that’s where you’ve got the likes of Man City, the size of their squad. They can probably give some of their stars the time off.
“Tottenham can’t. They’ve only got Harry Kane and Vinicius, who’s on loan. The demands on Harry are probably far greater than the demands on Raheem Sterling at Manchester City.”
Jose Mourinho has confirmed he expects Kane to be fit against Arsenal after picking up a knock versus Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night.
The Spurs striker has netted 11 goals in 13 north London derbies to date.