Mauricio Pochettino responds when asked whether Harry Kane will play against Qarabag

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Tottenham take on Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday - but it isn't yet clear whether Harry Kane will be involved.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that he will decide tomorrow whether Harry Kane plays against Qarabag.

After Sunday's 4-1 thrashing of West Ham United has Spurs fans in high spirits, and now it's on to the Europa League on Thursday night.

With two wins, one draw and one defeat, Spurs sit top of Group J, and are now looking for another victory as they travel away to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag.

Pochettino's men beat Qarabag 3-1 in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane back in September, and they will be looking for a repeat of that on Thursday - but they may have to do it without Harry Kane.

Tottenham's leading striker has worked relentlessly through Tottenham's Premier League and Europa League campaigns, as well as playing regularly for England during international breaks.

With few options behind Kane, Tottenham have to guard against Kane burning out, with a rest against Qarabag a potentially good idea ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash against Chelsea.

Pochettino was asked about Kane's potential involvement against Qarabag earlier today, and told the London Evening Standard that a decision will be made nearer to kick off, with the Argentine admitting that it's difficult for Spurs with so many games to play.

"We will see tomorrow if Kane plays," said Pochettino. "This is a problem we have had in the last few weeks, the international players play a lot; Kane, (Dele) Alli, Walker, (Eric) Dier. The competition is very tough and it's not easy to manage that. But always we try to assess and analyse to make the correct decision. Tomorrow is a very important game, one that we need to win," he added.

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