Mauricio Pochettino dismisses Harry Kane fitness concerns

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear that there are no concerns over Harry Kane’s fitness. There have been plenty of talk about Kane’s fitness and Pochettino starting him in all of Tottenham’s matches despite a tedious summer schedule and lack of pre-season matches.

Kane also featured in all of England’s matches during the international break. He was on the bench during the friendly against Switzerland but came on as a substitute in the 71st minute. Many criticised Gareth Southgate for bringing Kane on. Former Premier League player Craig Bellamy earlier said that Pochettino should have rested Kane for Spurs’ first few matches to avoid iany potential burnout or injury.

However, Pochettino has denied any concerns over Kane’s fitness and thinks that it is only a matter of time before the England captain scores prolifically.

He said, “I think he is fit. I do not read and do not listen to what is going on around. The most important [thing] is that we trust. For me, there is no doubt that he is one of the best strikers in the world. When a striker does not fill the net and does not score goals, always you need to find some reason why but I think he is fit.

It is only time before he starts to score goals. For us Harry Kane is so important. I have no doubt that he is one of the best players in England and in Europe.”

The Argentine also confirmed that Kane will start in Spurs’ match against Liverpool tomorrow. He said, “Under our assessment he is ready to play. We know Harry Kane well and have worked with him the last more than four years – and we know this is not a situation that worries us. I think it is a situation that is under control I think but we respect all opinion and maybe some opinions are different to us. We are the coaching staff at Tottenham and we try to take the best decision for the player.”

Harry Kane has scored two goals for Spurs in the Premier League so far. He will most likely captain Spurs in their match against Liverpool in the absence of Hugo Lloris. Lloris sustained a thigh injury which ruled him out of Tottenham’s match against Watford and France’s Nations League matches.

He will also miss the match against Liverpool. Midfielder Dele Alli will also miss the match against Liverpool due to a hamstring injury. After the Liverpool game, Tottenham begin their Champions League campaign against Inter Milan on Tuesday.

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