Harry Kane has insisted that being forced to quarantine on his return from the Bahamas has not done his pre-season preparations any harm and that he is raring to go ahead of the new campaign.
Kane and his family were holidaying in the Caribbean island during the short break between the 2019/20 campaign and the new season.
However, during their stay, the island nation was added to the list of countries from which anyone arriving in the UK would have to quarantine for 14 days.
This meant that the 27-year-old could not begin pre-season training along with the rest of his Tottenham teammates as he self-isolated upon his return to the country.
Kane could not be involved in Tottenham’s first two pre-season friendlies against Ipswich and Reading, while he watched the Lilywhites’ win over Birmingham City from the bench.
The striker, who got his first taste of competitive action in England’s 1-0 win over Iceland in the Nations League on Saturday, insisted that the extra week of rest has helped him.
Speaking ahead of England’s match in Reykjavik, the Spurs star told Sky Sports: “Looking back now I don’t think it’s done me any harm having that extra week away, being refreshed with the family.
“I guess time will tell but I know one thing: I’m ready for the season, I’m excited for the season, I’m feeling as good as I have done for a while.
“I had a good back end to last season, feeling fit and sharp, so hopefully I can take that into this year.”
Kane revealed that, while he would have liked to have trained with the team, he did as much as fitness work as he could back home.
He added: “I feel as fit as I can do right now. Obviously, the best case situation would have been to be training with the team for a couple of weeks.
“It (the quarantine change) gives you 24 hours to get back but it’s not the easiest place to get back from, there are no direct flights.
“So I stayed there for another week and then had to quarantine when I got back. So it’s one of those situations – it wasn’t ideal but you have to adapt to it and get on with it.
“I’ve done as much as I could at home in my gym and out in the garden but there’s nothing like training with the team.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Kane did look like he was hitting peak fitness and getting into his stride towards the end of last season and in many respects, the season ended at the wrong time for him. Hopefully, the short lay off between the two seasons will mean that he can carry that momentum into the start of the new campaign. After the injuries he has had over the last couple of years, it would be nice if Kane could stay fit for the whole campaign. Signing a reliable back up striker and taking some workload off the 27-year-old will certainly help in this regard.
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