Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that star striker Harry Kane injured his knee during the club’s disappointing Europa League loss to KAA Gent on Thursday evening.
The England man played the full 90 minutes in Belgium but was largely on the periphery of the match, skimming the post with his only notable chance as his team slumped to a 1-0 defeat.
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“I think we need to assess some players [ahead of the weekend]. We need to assess Harry Kane, he got a knock on his knee,” Pochettino revealed after the match, as reported by Football.London.
“Different players maybe, we need to refresh the team. In the end it is Tottenham that will play Fulham on Sunday, it’s not about the name of the player.”
Kane’s injury will be a concern for the Argentine not just ahead of the FA Cup clash with the Cottagers, but also with the return tie against Gent in mind.
The 23-year-old has been in inspired form once again this term, bagging a total of 16 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions.
Whilst Tottenham would expect to dispatch Championship opposition on Sunday, they will now be concerned about making progress in the Europa League following a drab performance in the first leg.
Pochettino surprised some fans by selecting a strong line-up but the North Londoners looked short of ideas against a side sitting eighth in the Belgian Pro League.
The return match will take place at Wembley next week, a ground at which Spurs struggled during their short-lived Champions League campaign earlier this season, managing only a third-placed finish in Group E.