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Friday 20 July 2018

Poch: No timesale on Kane return

Lay-off: Harry Kane
Lay-off: Harry Kane

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident Harry Kane will play again this season, though refused to put a timescale on his return.

Kane has suffered lateral ligament damage in his right ankle and Spurs said on Wednesday that he would return to training next month.

That prognosis was described as "preliminary" but Pochettino expects to have Kane available for Spurs' Premier League run-in.

"Yes, of course," the Argentine said on the prospect of a return before the end of the campaign.

"We want to help him recover as soon as possible from his injury, that's the first step, to be fully recovered from the injury. Then we will see, it's two or three weeks, we don't know. We need to assess every day."

Tottenham play Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend but their next Premier League outing is a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on April 1.

That could have a huge bearing on Champions League qualification and Pochettino has refused to put a date on the return of his star striker, who is definitely out of England's forthcoming international friendlies.

"With different players, it's the same," Pochettino said. "You're going to read all the info in the media - that's one thing.

"The reality is now he's in his crutches and a boot and we need to assess him day-by-day and we'll see the reaction.

"We want to recover him as soon as possible and the professionals here are focused on trying to recover.

"We cannot put a day or date on him starting to participate in training with the team. Step by step.

"It's not a long-term injury and you can keep your form and that helps you to be fit when you fix your problem.

"We're happy because he's so positive and when you see a positive player it helps us too, to believe he can be ready again to compete."

Tottenham head to Swansea without Kane tomorrow knowing the FA Cup remains their last chance to end their trophy drought this season.

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