Tottenham media round-up: Kane backed to score against Arsenal, injury news, Erisken on derby

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Tottenham Hotspur this Tuesday evening.

Former Tottenham defender Ledley King has backed Harry Kane to open his goalscoring account in Wednesday's North London derby against Arsenal in the third round of the League Cup at White Hart Lane.

Much has been made of the fact that Kane has yet to get off the mark this season for Spurs, though he has struck twice for England this month, after a terrific season last year which saw him finish as the club's top scorer with 31 goals in all competitions. 

King is quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying: "He will have great memories of playing against them and I am sure the Arsenal defenders will not have forgotten about that.

“Maybe with it being a derby and a cup game he will have that extra bit in him to get him off the mark. Everyone was aware it was going to be a bit more difficult for Harry this season but he is a natural goalscorer. It is just not happening for him but there is no better time to get off the mark than against Arsenal."

Tottenham do have their injury worries ahead of tomorrow's game, though, with a trio of midfielders all due to miss the game, the club's official website reports.

Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele are to all miss the game through injury, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino saying: "Their progression is very good, they are close to being back with the squad but not for Wednesday, unlucky for them and for us."

One man who is in contention for the game after returning from injury is Christian Eriksen, who came off the bench in the side's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League at the weekend. 

The Dane told the club's official website that his return is 'perfect timing', taking into account the impending derby date, and he will be keen to make an impact after his cameo against the Eagles. 

He discussed the magnitude of the midweek meeting with the Gunners, saying: “It’s a game we all want to win and we want to continue in every competition we’re in. We beat them last time we played here and hopefully we can do the same again."

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