Harry Kane is set to miss Tottenham’s away match against Manchester United tomorrow as Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not take a risk with his strikers fitness after he received a hamstring injury during last Sunday’s match against Liverpool.
The England striker has been in sensational form this season and is Spurs’ leading scorer in the Premier League having scored eight goals in nine Premier League appearances and his absence will be a huge blow to the team.
Kane has already missed Wednesday night’s EFL Cup defeat to rivals West Ham and Pochettino then has next Wednesday’s Champions League game against Real Madrid to consider.
Last season Kane missed almost four months in total from two injuries, but Spurs battled on without him, winning five and drawing three of their eight games.
“We cannot take a risk. It’s very small and we will see for Wednesday, but tomorrow it’s impossible,” Pochettino said.
“You always want you best players available. It’s important all the players are fit and available. We believe in the collective, the squad.
“During the season some problems can happen and you have to trust all the players, all the squad. The players are not machines and it’s difficult to cope with international duty and to play every three days.
“We are lucky it’s not a big problem and it’s a small issue. But he won’t play tomorrow.
“It’s a decision of the doctor and medical staff not to take a risk. It makes no sense. It’s small problem so that we can fix in a few days probably.
“I think last season in the period he was injured you can see the stats and the games we played, win or lose with and without Harry.
“I’m not happy and disappointed as he is our main striker. He is one of the best, not only at Tottenham, but in Europe and the world. You will always missed your best striker. I’m not stupid.”