Tottenham: Mason gives Kane fitness update ahead of final
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Harry Kane is expected to be in the Tottenham squad for the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City today, according to reports. Kane missed Spurs’ 2-1 Premier League win over Southampton in midweek after suffering an ankle injury in stoppage time of the 2-2 draw with Everton the week before.
Kane has had several ankle injuries in the past which have kept him out for a number of weeks at a time.
The England captain is Tottenham’s leading goalscorer this season, netting 26 goals and contributing 15 assists in all competitions.
Spurs’ interim boss Ryan Mason remained coy over Kane’s fitness at his press conference on Friday.
Mason said of Kane’s availability: “We are not sure yet, he didn’t train with the team today but we will have more of an idea tomorrow if we can get him back on the pitch.
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“It is a case of taking it hour by hour now, days are running out.
“We will have to assess it later tonight and tomorrow morning and see if we can get him out on the pitch.”
However, The Telegraph claim Kane is expected to be passed fit for the match against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Kane is aiming to win the first trophy of his career and Spurs’ first since 2008.
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They come up against a City side who have won the tournament for the last three seasons.
Final checks on Kane will be made this morning but he is expected to play some part of the showpiece event.
Mason insists Spurs will not make Kane play if they do not feel he is fit enough to do so.
“Harry is a top professional,” the former midfielder continued.
“What we are not going to do and what Harry is not going to do is put his body on the line if he does not think it is suitable.
“We are never going to put Harry in that position, absolutely not. We will see how he is tomorrow and we can make a decision from there.
“It is a combined effort. How does the player feel, what do the medics say.”
Kane has been linked with a move away from Spurs and former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate is not sure if victory over City would convince the 27-year-old to stay.
Woodgate told Sky Sports: “I am not sure. They will need more investment for Harry Kane to stay, I’m sure of that.
“He’s been unbelievable again this season and scored so many goals and even evolved as a player by making so many assists.
“He’s an incredible talent so I would say Spurs need to invest to keep Harry Kane at the club.”
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