Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane ‘may be risked’ in next weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal, according to England boss Gareth Southgate.
Kane pulled out of the Three Lions squad for international friendlies against Germany and Brazil. The striker has just returned from injury and there were suggestions in the media that the striker was not in fact injured.
However, Southgate disputed that fact by telling the media: “Harry Kane – I knew he was in trouble because he stayed down – Harry Kane doesn’t stay down.
“Both him and Harry Winks were scanned, our medical department reviewed, and there is no way they’re available for our two games. Spurs might risk them for the Arsenal game, that’s a different matter. I hear this talk of club v country – it’s nonsense. They are injured and they can’t play.”
Kane’s absence a boost for Arsenal
There is no doubt about it Harry Kane’s absence from the Spurs team for next weekend’s north London derby would be a big boost for the Gunners.
The 24-year-old striker has been in top form this season, having scored eight times this season in the Premier League. He is also a big game player and never seems to be fazed by the derby, at home or away.
With Arsenal’s defence vulnerable at times this season. Not having to deal with the threat of Kane could be key to the Gunners recording their first win in five north London derbies against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Tottenham are not the same team without their talisman, their attacking focal point. Pochettino’s side proved that recently against Manchester United in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
Pochettino says he will play
There seems to be a difference of opinion between Southgate and Kane’s club boss Pochettino. The Argentinian has stated that the England striker will be fit for the derby, despite the striker withdrawing from the Three Lions squad through injury.
Whatever the truth, I do believe that Harry Kane will be in Tottenham’s starting line-up for the derby at the Emirates Stadium. There is still more than a week for the striker to recover from an injury. That is enough time to rest and recover, unfortunately for Arsenal.
He may not be fully fit, but he will still pose a massive threat to an unconvincing Arsenal backline. Let’s just hope that Gunners backline can nullify the striker’s threat if he does feature for the visitors.
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