Pochettino’s honest assessment on if Kane will face Burnley

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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Harry Kane will undergo a fitness test before deciding on whether he will feature in tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Burnley.

The Spurs striker has been sidelined since suffering ankle ligament damage during the final moments of the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Wembley last month.

In Kane’s absence, Spurs have managed to win every league match to keep their outside hopes of a title challenge alive. However, Mauricio Pochettino is not prepared to risk his star man if he feels he is not ready to return just yet.

Kane’s initial diagnosis was that he would return to training in early March, but such is his dedication to recover from the injury, he is once again ahead of schedule.

Spurs face out of form Chelsea on Wednesday evening and Pochettino will certainly be considering whether he keeps Kane fresh for the London derby.

Pochettino told Football.London: “It is still not decided, for him he wants to play from the beginning, I like when the player thinks like this, that they can play every single game and always feel fit to play. But it is our responsibility to always manage them in the best way. That doesn’t mean he isn’t going to start to game, maybe he starts or maybe not. We need to have another conversation with the coaching staff and then make the decision.

“The injury that he suffered, you can’t push and push. But of course we are so happy that in the last 10 days with the training he can be available again.”

When asked if Kane feels ready to return, Pochettino said: “Yes, but I don’t care, like him or another player it will be me to decide, with my staff, the sports science and the doctor. Of course if you ask him 10 days ago he was ready to play. The last worry is always with me who is going to take the risk.”

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