Injury Blow: Harry Kane Ruled Out Of United Clash With Hamstring Strain
Tottenham have been dealt a massive blow ahead of their mouthwatering Premier League clash against Manchester United this weekend, with Harry Kane ruled out due to a hamstring strain.
Spurs’ Twitter account revealed the news on Friday morning in a setback for the North London side’s preparations as they look to move above United into second place.
Kane has been struggling with the injury sustained in Sunday’s win over Liverpool and the news disrupt Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for this weekend’s clash.
“For tomorrow, we cannot take a risk,” the Argentine said about Kane’s fitness. “It’s a minor injury, very small, but we cannot take a risk. We’ll see after for Wednesday versus Real Madrid. Tomorrow (Saturday) it’s impossible.
“Yes (it is a blow), you always want all the players available. It’s a problem. To play more or play less, we want them available to play. We always believe in the collective, the squad. During the season, problems happen and you must trust all the players, all the squad.
“I told the players they are not machines and it’s so difficult to cope with international duty and to then play every three days. It’s lucky it’s not a big problem but he’s not going to play tomorrow. It makes no sense to take a risk when the problem is small and we can fix in a few days probably.”
Spurs face Manchester United at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early fixture, with the home side bolstered by the return to fitness of defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones as well as Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford recovering from minor injuries.
Meanwhile, the two teams are currently level on points in second, though United edge above the North Londoners on goal difference.