Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Tottenham striker Harry Kane is a doubt for the weekend trip to Manchester United in the Premier League.
The forward was subbed off against Liverpool after scoring twice and left the field gingerly, with Pochettino saying afterwards that his leading scorer was just a little ‘tired’.
Kane was then omitted from the matchday squad entirely for the Carabao Cup clash with West Ham on Wednesday, which Spurs surprisingly lost despite leading 2-0 at the break.
After that shock loss defeat, Pochettino is set to shuffle his pack again for the trip to Old Trafford, having rested a number of first-team stars, but refused to confirm if Kane would be available.
Speaking to beINSPORTS, the Argentine said: ‘We need to assess the team, we were forced to rotate for different reasons.’
Asked if Kane is a concern for United, he added: ‘We’ll see.’
Kane would be a huge loss against the Red Devils, having hit eight Premier League goals already this season and leading the division’s scoring charts.
Speaking about Spurs’ performance against West Ham, sans Kane, Pochettino felt his side got complacent after claiming such an easy lead in the first half.
He explained: ‘We scored two goals and it looked like the game was over but we showed a lack of aggression and concede three in 15 minutes.
‘That can’t happen. When you are not on the same mental level it is difficult. The opponent had nothing to lose, they started to believe and we started to suffer.
‘Maybe we thought the job was done. The second half was not the same and it is difficult to accept.’
Published at Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:30:00 +0000