Arsene Wenger has claimed that Harry Kane was not fit enough to start against Manchester City after the striker struggled to get into the game during Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat on Saturday.
Kane injured both his ankles in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool three weeks ago and some Spurs fans may have feared the worst at the time, given the striker’s history of ankle problems.
However, the 27-year-old made a swift return to action as he started for Spurs in their 2-0 win over West Brom last week and got on the scoresheet.
The England captain started from the bench in the FA Cup tie against Everton but came on at the start of the second half and ended up playing over an hour as the game went into extra time.
Kane played all ninety minutes of Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat to City and, although he struck the post with a first-half free-kick, the striker looked well off the pace and was feeding off scraps for the majority of the encounter.
Wenger believes that the Spurs star was rushed back too quickly by Mourinho.
The former Arsenal boss told beIN SPORTS: “What we have learned from Tottenham, like I said before the game, Lloris doesn’t look to be at his best.
“Nor is Harry Kane. He looks physically, fitness-wise, not completely ready to play at that intensity.
“To me he looks still a bit injured on his ankle when he got hurt one time, he went down quickly and it was not a big hit.
“So with that handicap, Tottenham will have a difficult game.”
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I agree with Wenger’s assessment that Kane did not look sharp against City and that the striker does not seem to be 100 per cent fit. However, I do not think it is Mourinho’s decision to rush him back but rather the striker himself insisting that he is ready to play.
We saw Kane being rushed back too early multiple times during Pochettino’s time at the club as well for the same reasons. Hopefully, the 27-year-old does not aggravate his problem over the coming weeks and gets back to full fitness soon.
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