Mauricio Pochettino hopeful of Harry Kane return for Real
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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident Harry Kane will return from a hamstring injury for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with holders Real Madrid at Wembley.
Spurs’ leading goalscorer – with 13 goals in 12 appearances across all competitions – has been absent for Tottenham’s last two matches after suffering the damage to his hamstring in Tottenham’s 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool eight days ago.
Kane missed last Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat by West Ham which saw his team-mates squander a two-goal lead at the national stadium, and the 24-year-old was also a glaring absence during Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Harry Kane (right) is eyeing a return from injury for Tottenham’s clash with Real Madrid
But Pochettino is ‘feeling good’ about Kane’s availability ahead of a top-of-the-group clash with Madrid.
‘With the doctors and the player, we will take the best decision for everyone,’ Pochettino said. ‘We must analyse and take the best decision for everyone.
‘We will assess him and then we will make the best decision. My feeling is good. But it’s not my feeling, it’s Harry Kane’s feeling.’
The 24-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in Spurs’ 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool eight days ago
But Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful that Kane can fire his Spurs side back to winning ways
Tottenham edge the lead in Group H on seven points, with Wednesday’s opponents Real behind on goal difference. The Spanish champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Spurs at the Bernabeu earlier this month.
Dele Alli is also able to make his Champions League return at Wembley after serving a three-match suspension but Victor Wanyama remains an absentee as he continues his rehab from a knee injury.
Kane will hope to put breathing space between Spurs and Real should return on Wednesday
Borussia Dortmund are hoping for their first win of their European campaign as they host APOEL after being held to a draw in Crete earlier this month.
Zinedene Zidane still awaits the return of former Spurs winger Gareth Bale, who returned to training last week but is unlikely to feature against his former club.
Real are also low in confidence after taking another knock to their title hopes, suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday, leaving them eight points adrift of El Clasico rivals Barcelona.
Dele Alli is available for European football again after serving his three-match ban