“He’s An Animal” Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino Issues Encouraging Harry Kane Update
Mauricio Pochettino has said ‘Harry Kane is an animal’ as he continues his recovery from injury. He is set to make an appearance in the matchday squad this weekend as Spurs take on Burnley, but is unlikely to start as he looks to regain his match sharpness.
Pochettino, when asked about his star man, said:
“He's good, he's very good. I think we need to assess him in one more training session tomorrow and then decide. But I think he's doing well, I'm happy with him and maybe he'll be available to be part of the squad on Saturday.”
He was expected to return in March when initially injured but Pochettino does not believe the England captain is ahead of schedule.
“No, he's not ahead of schedule but everyone knows that Harry is an animal, he wants to be ready as soon as possible. He made everything to try to recover and of course the injury that he suffered is tough to recover from but it's more the possibility that when you push you push. In some injuries, you cannot push too much, because you need to be careful. When it's a massive injury it's completely different. We're so happy that in the last ten days he was fantastic, back in training again, and he can be available again. It's going to be a massive impact for everyone.”
Kane is clearly itching to get back in action and challenge for the Premier League Golden Boot, he is currently just three goals away from Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah who lead the way on 17 apiece. But Poch will take matters into his own hands and not be pressured into playing the striker, given his sides’ good form.
“Yeah, but I don't care if he feels ready or wants to play or not, like another player. I'll decide with my coaching staff, with the doctor and the medical staff and sports science staff. Always with every player that came from an injury or illness, it's about the structure, when it's possible to play or not. Of course if you ask him 10 days ago he was ready to play! But in the end the last word is always myself. I take the risk, the decision and everything that is going on in the team.
“It's difficult to know when - maybe one week, ten days, two weeks. It depends on now. He's in a key part, maybe the last part of his recovery and that is a key part and we can't know if it will be one week, ten days or two weeks, we're going to assess him day-by-day.”