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Mauricio Pochettino has hinted there is a small chance Harry Kane could play for Tottenham against Chelsea this weekend.

Kane damaged ligaments in his right ankle following a collision with Asmir Begovic in Spurs’ 4-1 win at Bournemouth earlier this month.

The striker was intiailly ruled out until April, with Tottenham’s match against Manchester City on the 14th touted as a realistic return date.

But Pochettino has suggested Kane could be ready to face Stoke Ctiy next weekend – he could even play a small part at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“We need to assess him in the next few days,” Pochettino told reporters (via the Guardian). “It’s difficult now to say yes or no. I cannot say no, but I cannot say yes.

“Maybe next weekend [he will return]. But the most important is that we are so positive about his recovery. We are doing fantastic and we are so happy.

“After Bournemouth, everybody believed it would be a long period out but the resolution has been fantastic. He is very positive and he is doing very well. Every day he is improving.”

Regardless of Kane’s availability, Spurs will go into this weekend’s clash with Chelsea in a hopeful mood having scored seven goals in their last two games without their talisman.

That said, having Kane in the squad – even if he’s only on the bench – would provide a huge confident boost ahead of the match.

Tottenham have the opportunity to open up an eight-point gap on Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.

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