By Paul Robinson

17th Feb, 2021 | 12:50pm

Robinson defends what Tottenham are doing with Kane after Wenger criticism

Paul Robinson sympathised with Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho after Arsene Wenger claimed Harry Kane was not fit to play against Manchester City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one said it is “extremely difficult” for Mourinho to leave out the 27-year-old striker if he declares himself fit.

Ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested Kane was injured going into Saturday’s 3-0 loss at City.

The England captain missed two of the previous three Premier League fixtures going into the clash with an ankle injury suffered against Liverpool on 28 January.

Robinson believes Kane‘s importance to the team, coupled with his desire to win trophies and break personal records, means he often plays when not 100 per cent fit.

“Kane needs to be managed carefully by the club,” he told Football Insider.

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“If Harry has a chance of playing he will want to play, he is that kind of player. He knows how important he is to the team and he loves scoring goals.

“If Harry Kane turns around to you as a manager and tells you that he is ready to play, it is very hard for a manager to ignore that. Mourinho knows how vital he is.

“There is games where he needs to be man managed but at the same time it is extremely difficult to leave him out.

“Both ankles have been a problem. He was back very quickly so there were going to be question over his fitness.

“Harry wants trophies and he wants to break records so sometimes he plays when he is not 100 per cent.” 

As quoted by Football London, Wenger told beIN SPORTS: “Harry Kane looks physically, fitness-wise, not completely ready to play at that intensity.

“To me he looks still a bit injured on his ankle when he got hurt one time, he went down quickly and it was not a big hit.”

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