Kane to miss tie vs United

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By TT Bureau in London
  • Published 28.10.17

London: Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford after the club confirmed their top scorer had sustained a minor hamstring strain.

“Harry Kane underwent assessment and investigation earlier this week, which confirmed a minor strain to the left hamstring,” the club said on Twitter on Friday.

Kane, who has scored 13 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season, was clutching his hamstring when he was substituted in the final minutes of their 4-1 win over Liverpool last weekend.

Speaking at a pre-match news conference on Friday, manager Mauricio Pochettino said the England forward could return for the Champions League group-stage match against Real Madrid at Wembley on Wednesday.

“The injury is very small but we cannot take a risk for tomorrow,” he said. “We’ll see after for Wednesday against Real Madrid. But on Saturday, it is impossible. Always you want to have all the players available, so this is a problem. But, like always, we believe in the collective, in the squad and during the season sometimes these things happen. We have to trust in other players.”

Tottenham are currently third in the league, trailing second-placed Manchester United on goal difference and five points behind leaders Manchester City. 

Meanwhile, United midfielder Ander Herrera has said a win will not only end a two-game winless streak for Jose Mourinho’s men but will also provide “a big statement” about their championship prospects,.

A goalless draw at Liverpool was followed by a shock 1-2 defeat by Huddersfield Town, leaving United with a five-point gap to make up on league leaders Manchester City.

“It’s going to be very, very difficult but we play at home in front of our fans and we have to try to win,” Herrera said.

“Tottenham are a direct rival every season. In the last two or three years they have improved a lot and they are contenders for everything; the Champions League, the Premier League and for both cups.”                                                            Reuters