Harry Kane, Carlos Vinicius and Sergio Reguilon All Injury Worries for North London Derby
All Three Players Will Miss Thursday’s Europa League Match
Fellow striker Carlos Vinicius and left-back Sergio Reguilon are also injured. All three will be absent from Thursday’s Europa League game against LASK. This week’s matches also come too early for long-term absentee Erik Lamela.
Jose Mourinho was speaking to reporters ahead of the LASK game. When asked about Kane, Vinicius and Reguilon’s absences from training on Wednesday morning, Mourinho responded: “All injured. Lamela is an injury from three weeks, a month. I don’t believe he has a chance for the weekend. Harry, Vinicius and Sergio there is a chance for the weekend.”
Mourinho was coy when pressed for more details on Kane and the nature of the injury. However, the former Chelsea boss was cautiously optimistic that the England captain would be ready for Sunday’s game against Arsenal: “I’m not going to tell you the nature of his injury. I think he has a good chance [vs Arsenal],” Mourinho said.
“I don’t want to lie, I don’t want to hide anything in relation to is he going to play or no? I think he’s going to play. That’s my feeling is that he’s going to play.”
Toby Alderweireld Edging Closer to Return
There was more encouraging fitness news for Spurs fans, particularly regarding centre-back Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian defender has been out of action since picking up an abductor injury during his side’s 2-0 win against Manchester City.
However, the injury was less serious than originally thought. Now, the 31-year-old has a fighting chance of being fit for the North London Derby: “Yeah he has a chance [for the weekend],” Mourinho added.
“Not for tomorrow. Joe [Rodon] played against Chelsea and it wasn’t an easy first match to play. Davinson [Sanchez] will play tomorrow. We have our options if he cannot play and we will not cry if he can’t like against Chelsea.”