Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane sheds light on fitness concerns

The 22-year old could be seen wearing strapping during Spurs' 5-1 win over Bournemouth.

Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane has shed light on the ‘niggling injury’ concern that led to his absence from the starting line-up against Anderlecht last week.

Spurs lost in disappointing fashion after making an excellent start, in a result that has made their progress through to the knockout stages slightly more drawn out.

Kane’s inclusion from the start may well have produced a different result but he was spared a full shift after suffering a knock against Liverpool the previous weekend.

“It was a little niggle I picked up against Liverpool towards the end of the game,” he said, in quotes published by the Ham & High.

“We didn’t want to risk it in midweek. The manager makes his decision on who wants to play but I was fully fit for this game.

“I was always going to be playing and it showed with the performance. The strapping was just a precaution, we haven’t got a game for eight days now so by then it should be 100%.”

Keeping Kane fit was always going to be one of Tottenham’s main concerns, after the failure to sign a direct replacement during the summer transfer window.

Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie can both offer emergency cover but neither are at their best when played centrally and neither comes close to offering the same kind of threat Kane does through the middle.

Spurs’ eight day rest period will be a welcome calm before the storm of November, in which Europa League progress will need to be secured while three London derbies are navigated, and the Lilywhites will need their main man fit and firing if they are to enter December in high spirits.

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