Kevin Phillips has urged Tottenham to learn from their mistakes of last season and not rush Harry Kane back from injury.
The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 26-year-old was “rushed” back last season for the Champions League final in June.
Kane had to undergo surgery on his hamstring after rupturing his tendon on New Year’s Day against Southampton and was expected to miss most of the remainder of the season.
However, in a pre-match press conference for this weekend’s game against Wolves, Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports the England captain is “a little bit ahead” of schedule.
When asked if there was a possibility to Lilywhites were rushing back the striker because of their current striker crisis, Phillips told Football Insider: “There is always that danger.
“At the end of the day, Harry Kane being Harry Kane… He is so professional. Talking to people who work with him he is so professional off the pitch he will be doing everything within his power to get back before the end of the season because he will be desperate to play in the Euros.
“You feel like they rushed him at the end of last season for the Champions League final because he did not look himself. You would like to think they have learned from that.
“Ultimately, if Harry tells the staff he feels good they are not going to hold him back too much but they will be sensible. They do not want him breaking down over the summer.”
The World Cup Golden Boot winner has scored 181 goals in 278 career appearances for Spurs.
Mourinho’s side is currently playing with no recognised striker after Son Heung-min broke his arm against Aston Villa earlier this month.
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