Tottenham striker Harry Kane has indicated the knee injury he sustained in Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Gent is not serious.
But while Kane hopes to be available for the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Fulham on Sunday, the 23-year-old will be assessed ahead of the match and may not be risked.
Kane took a knock late on in the 1-0 first-leg loss against Gent but was later seen walking out of the Ghelamco Arena, seemingly unhindered.
When asked whether he would be fit for the game at Craven Cottage, Kane said: “Yes, it should be fine.”
But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had earlier suggested his star striker might be one of a few players rested against the Championship outfit.
“I think we need to assess some players. Harry Kane got a knock on his knee, different players too,” Pochettino said.
“We need to refresh the team and we’ll do that. Tottenham will play in Fulham on Sunday. It’s not the name of the players, it’s the club.
“We’ll see, but we’ll put out a team with aims to win and be ready again to compete.”
Jeremy Perbet’s second-half winner secured Gent a deserved victory and leaves Tottenham with work to do in next week’s second leg at Wembley if they want to progress.
The loss also continues a worrying dip in form for Pochettino’s men, who have won only two of their last six matches after winning their previous seven in a row. They have scored only once in their last four.
“That is the reality. It sometimes happens,” Pochettino said.
“Good and bad things happen. We’ve started now a bad period. I hope, on Sunday, we break that negative run.”
Pochettino added: “It’s not about confidence. We were wrong with our judgement if we think, because of Liverpool, it’s only about confidence.”
Kane was one of a number of Tottenham players to endure an off night against Gent, who sit a lowly eighth in the Belgian top tier but were much the brighter side for the majority of the contest.
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