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Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho is confident that forward Harry Kane will be fit to play Arsenal in Sunday’s North London derby in the Premier League.
The Spurs did not have their talisman forward Kane for their Europa League clash against LASK, but Mourinho is hopeful the 27-year-old can play against the Gunners.
Tottenham drew 3-3 against LASK and have now qualified from Group J to reserve a spot in the knockout stages.
However, the focus is now on the Premier League, and Mourinho hopes that all of his key players will be fit and shoot for the derby.
Before the game, Mourinho did not provide enough information about Kane’s injury. The Portuguese coach has confirmed that Kane is currently in treatment at the club, but should be able to recover from the injury before Sunday’s clash against the Gunners.
Mourinho said, cited by Football London:
“I think he’s going to be in shape. I’m not sure, he’s in treatment. But now he could be bluffing or trying to pretend he’s in big trouble. He’s not in big trouble. I think he’s going to play.”
Kane’s massive return for the Spurs
The England forward has been in excellent shape this season. Not only is he scoring goals (which he’s normally good at), but he’s also dropping deep to create opportunities for others.
Kane has already scored eight goals and provided ten assists in all competitions, and it goes without saying that his return to the team will be a huge boost, especially after a bland performance on Thursday.
The Spurs have an impressive record against the Gunners at home in the Premier League, having not lost to them since February 2015. With Arsenal struggling for consistency (two wins in their last five games in all competitions), they expects the Spurs to maintain their dominance.
However, form and past records matter little in a derby, and anything can happen over the course of 90 minutes. That being said, a win for the Spurs will give them a huge boost in the title race, and Kane’s potential comeback couldn’t have come at a better time for the club.