Tottenham star Harry Kane did not want to risk injury in Europa League clash with Wolfsberger, reveals Jose Mourinho before admitting talisman should be ready for London derby against West Ham on the weekend
- Tottenham put one step in the Europa League last-16 after thrashing Wolfsberger
- Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius scored in 4-1 win
- Spurs were without Harry Kane, who did not want to risk playing in case of injury
- Kane recently returned from an ankle injury and he opted to stay in London
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho revealed Harry Kane did not want to risk playing in his side’s Europa League last-32 first-leg tie with Wolfsberger.
The England captain has recently returned from an ankle injury but despite Mourinho wanting him to travel to Budapest and be part of the squad, he opted to stay in London in order to rest.
Spurs did just fine without him as goals from Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius earned a 4-1 win as they put one foot in the last-16.
Harry Kane did not travel with Tottenham for their Europa League clash against Wolfsberger
Jose Mourinho said Kane didn’t want to risk playing given his recent return from an ankle injury
Mourinho said Kane was concerned after his recent injury – which he sustained against Liverpool last month – and a hectic schedule, but that his top scorer should be back involved against West Ham on Sunday.
Mourinho admitted: ‘Harry made the decision based on his feelings which was that to play in this game was a risk with the accumulation of minutes after the injury he had.
‘He is an experienced guy who had injuries in the past and knows his body better than anyone.
‘Myself and the medical department agreed with him, to give him this opportunity to take care of his condition.
Spurs coped fine in Kane’s absence, with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura netting in a 4-1 win
‘He knows I want to play him every minute of every game so it is never a question of a choice.
‘I wanted to come here with the best team and the players to give us more opportunities to have a good result.
‘But I believe Sunday he will be okay and ready.’
Son opened the scoring for Spurs in the 13th minute on Thursday before Bale and Moura also netted in the first half to put the result beyond doubt.
And after a late goal from Wolfsberger, Vinicius got in on the act with Spurs on the brink of a place in the last-16.
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