Mauricio Pochettino shares the reason why Harry Kane didn't start for Tottenham tonight

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur arrives for the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane didn't start against Swansea City tonight.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur arrives for the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told the club's official Twitter account that Harry Kane simply couldn't be risked against Swansea City this evening.

Spurs have had a week off since beating Southampton 5-2 on Boxing Day, and travelled down to South Wales to take on Swansea tonight.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with his Tottenham Hotspur team mates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and...Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring against Swansea City

Mauricio Pochettino's men lead 1-0 at half time thanks to Fernando Llorente's goal against his former club, heading home an early free kick from Christian Eriksen.

Llorente started on his return to the Liberty Stadium due to Harry Kane's absence, with the Spurs hero only able to make the bench tonight.

Kane – who has hit 24 goals in 24 games in all competitions this season – has been ill in recent days, though many expected him to have recovered sufficiently to start against Swansea.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur looks on from the bench prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur

However, Pochettino went with Llorente, leaving Kane on the bench – and he explained his decision ahead of kick off at the rain-drenched Liberty Stadium.

Pochettino told the club's official Twitter account that Kane is okay, but it was too much of a risk to start him, and he simply couldn't play twice in 48 hours, with the clash against West Ham to come.

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