Mourinho on whether he is worried about Kane’s hamstring amidst fixture pile-up

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Dom Le Roy

While the suspension of Premier League football due to the spread of Coronavirus was frustrating for some, it provided a chance for Tottenham to get a number of their injured stars back to fitness.

Harry Kane had been out with a hamstring tear since the start of January, having to undergo surgery in order to correct the injury.

However, the lockdown period allowed him to complete his rehabilitation and make a return against Manchester United last month.

Since then, Kane has played 90 minutes against the Red Devils, West Ham, Sheffield United, and Everton without a break.

In the space of just ten days, Spurs are now scheduled to play Bournemouth, Arsenal, Newcastle, and Leicester City, with just one senior striker in Kane.

After a freak injury to Gary Cahill for Crystal Palace last night, Jose Mourinho was asked in his press conference today whether he was concerned about Kane’s hamstring.

He replied (Football London): “I think hamstring is always a situation, it doesn’t matter when or which league, without CV-19 or with quarantine, hamstring is also a muscle that sometimes doesn’t resist to what football demands. So I cannot look to unlucky situations with some of the other guys and feel any fear about it. We have to play, and of course the accumulation of matches and less time to rest, of course, the risk is always there.

“But the risk is part of our lives, part of the specificity of our job. So we cannot think about it. Of course, we have ways to try to control the unpredictability of the situations and if analysing individual situations we realise that a player is showing signs of fatigue, is showing signs of muscular debilitation, of course, we have to make decisions. But in many many cases, situations they just happen.

“I can almost bet that for example what happened yesterday to Gary Cahill, before the game he was feeling absolutely fine. I can almost guarantee that the work that clubs do and certainly Palace also does in monitoring training and loading matches, I can almost guarantee he was absolutely fine and it just happened.”

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