Harry Kane may rule himself out of playing for Tottenham against Man City in Sunday’s League Cup final, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League hitman suggested the 27-year-old would be wary about coming back from his latest ankle injury too early ahead of the summer’s European Championships.
Interim boss Ryan Mason revealed on Friday the striker had not trained with his teammates ahead of Sunday’s clash.
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However, he did not rule out Kane and insisted it would be a case of making a decision on Saturday.
Kane missed the 2-1 win over Southampton with an ankle problem picked up against Everton.
Lucas Moura led the line in his absence.
With Kane set to lead the line for England at this summers Euros, Whelan suggested he would not want to risk himself coming back too early.
As such, he claimed the Spurs striker may rule himself out to avoid further damage.
Whelan told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “They’re desperate to win something. They have to win something at Tottenham and this is their only opportunity to get any kind of silverware this season.
To turn their disruptive season into, maybe, a slight positive, that hangs in the balance. A lot of it hangs on Harry Kane big fit. If he’s not, I don’t give them much hope of winning that cup.
“If he is fit and he’s 85 per cent, then you’ve got to be considerate to the fact that you want to win something. However, the same will come down to Harry Kane.
“Only Harry Kane knows if he can get through this game or not, without damaging it any worse, or damaging his chances to play in the Euros.
“You’ve got to take that into consideration as well. He knows the season’s coming to an end, he knows there’s a big tournament coming up. He’d love to win something at Tottenham but he’s got to be very honest with himself as well.
“He will only play and only agree to play if he is right. That is only fair. I think the last say comes down to Harry Kane.”