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Pochettino says Harry Kane is making a "fantastic" recovery and could
be back in action ahead of schedule following the ankle injury he
suffered last month against Manchester United.
Kane was initially ruled out until March, but Spurs boss Pochettino
said the England captain could feature in his side's Premier League
match at Burnley on February 23.
"Now he is here, he is doing well, he is doing fantastic. You know
very well we need to stop him every day because he wants to be ahead of
his recovery," Pochettino said on Friday ahead of Tottenham's clash with
Leicester on Sunday.
"He's very optimistic and determined to play as soon as possible - it's unbelievable but he's doing well.
"If you see him he's nearly ready to play but we need to be realistic
too and of course in between all the areas to take the best decision.
"He's so close to coming back again. Not for Sunday, not for Wednesday but we will see after."
Pochettino, whose side are third in the Premier League, five points
behind Manchester City and Liverpool, spoke of his disappointment that
their clash with Leicester has been moved to Sunday for television when
Spurs face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Argentine also said he felt it would be "tough" for Tottenham to move into their new stadium before the end of the season.
The club announced another delay to the grand opening earlier this
week, confirming that the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2
will now take place at their temporary home of Wembley.
Spurs were originally due to move into their new 62 000-seater White Hart Lane stadium for the start of the current campaign.
The move has been put back on numerous occasions and now, with the
Arsenal game confirmed as being played at Wembley, there are just five
home games left.
Asked if he still expected to relocate before the end of the season,
he said: "My gut feeling (is that) it will be tough but I hope and I
wish to be in the new stadium."
Pochettino also denied that he and assistant coach Jesus Perez had a
secret dinner date with David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane during the
With Beckham and Zidane both having played for Real Madrid and
Pochettino heavily linked with the managerial post at the Bernabeu, the
rumour mill was sent spinning when all were photographed leaving the
same London restaurant on Tuesday.
"I was with Jesus and another person. We were three and there was a
table. We met by coincidence with (Beckham and Zidane) and that is all
there is to it," Pochettino said when quizzed over the incident.