Harry Kane is on course to return from an ankle injury ahead of schedule (Getty Images) Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Harry Kane could return early from an ankle injury in time to face Burnley in the Premier League on February 23. The 25-year-old sustained the injury in a challenge with Phil Jones towards the
Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Harry Kane could return early from an ankle injury in time to face Burnley in the Premier League on February 23.
The 25-year-old sustained the injury in a challenge with Phil Jones towards the end of Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United last month and initially, it was feared that he could be absent until the start of March.
Spurs have endured mixed results during his time out of the side, winning all three of their Premier League matches without him but also crashing out of both domestic cup competitions against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.
Kane has sustained three separate ankle injuries since the start of the 2016-17 season but defied expectations by recovering from a setback at the end of last season ahead of schedule and Pochettino suggested he could repeat the trick once more.
Speaking ahead of Spurs’ game against Leicester on Sunday, Pochettino said: ‘He’s doing well. He’s doing fantastic. We have to stop him every day, because he wants to be ahead of his recovery and he’s very optimistic and his determination to play as soon as possible is unbelievable.’
Heung-Min Son has stepped up in Kane’s absence, scoring in both of his games since returning from the Asian Cup while Fernando Llorente has also played his part with two goals and two assists in five appearances.
Nevertheless, Pochettino will be eager to get his star striker back on the pitch as soon as possible, although he did rule him out of this weekend’s game as well as the Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
‘If you see him, he’s nearly ready to play, but we need to be realistic too. I think he’s so close to come back again, not for Sunday and not for Wednesday, but we’ll see after,’ he said.
Kane, who spent time in Barbados doing warm weather training earlier this month, could be in line to feature in Spurs’ league games against Chelsea at the end of this month and Arsenal at the start of March should he continue his progress.