English Premiership

Pochettino holds out Real hope for Kane

2017-10-29 15:31
Harry Kane.(Getty Images)

Manchester - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes there's still a chance of leading scorer Harry Kane playing against holders Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday

England striker Kane has scored 13 Premier League goals this season and has hit five in the European Cup against Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia.

Kane, however, missed Tottenham's 1-0 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday with a hamstring problem suffered against Liverpool the previous weekend, with the injury also sidelining him from Spurs' midweek League Cup loss to West Ham.

But with Pochettino's side failing to score in Manchester, he'll want his goal talisman back to face Spanish giants Real at Wembley.

"We will see in the next few days if he can arrive to be at the right level to play against Real Madrid," said Pochettino. "We will need to assess him and then make a decision."

Pochettino's side missed the chance to go second in the Premier League ahead of United but the Tottenham manager had no time for suggestions that Saturday's reverse was all down to being without Kane.

"You're always going to miss your main striker and Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world, of course," said Pochettino.

"But that is not an excuse for today. We did not lose this game because Harry Kane was not here."

The Argentinian added: "Football is a collective sport and you always have to adapt when someone is not fit to play. I was happy with everyone's performance and I think we deserved more than zero points."

United's slender victory maintained the club's 100 percent start to the season at Old Trafford and they have yet to concede a goal at home this campaign.

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