Date published: Thursday 18th June 2020 3:14
Jose Mourinho has revealed that Harry Kane will start for Spurs against Manchester United in their first match back after the Premier League was paused.
Kane – who has scored 17 goals in 25 appearances this term – hasn’t featured for Tottenham since he tore a hamstring against Southampton back on New Year’s Day.
Dele Alli is banned for Spurs’ clash with Man Utd on Friday, but manager Mourinho has confirmed Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko will all start.
“He is working extremely well, I can tell you no problem he is going to start the game,” Mourinho said when asked about Kane.
“Does he have 90 minutes, 80, 70, 60? I don’t know. Only the game will tell us that.
“Is he in his top form? We don’t know. It is not a little training session. He’s had around six months without playing a football match.
“But he has worked extremely well, he is an amazing professional and is going to start tomorrow.”
On Spurs’ top-four hopes, Mourinho added: “It is a strange battle to fight but at the same time it is a great challenge and a great motivation,” he said.
“I will try not to look at that points difference. That is why I cannot tell you exactly the difference in points we have to our opponents.
“We have to look to this incredible challenge in the way that every game we will try to win.
“At the end of the nine matches, we will see what we did and what our opponents did. Normally in these fights, you don’t have to depend as much as we do on our direct opponents. That is really difficult.
“But let’s focus on one match at a time. Tomorrow it is Manchester United, the points are there to fight for and that is what we are going to do.”