Harry Kane has played down suggestions he is not fully fit after another below par performance against Manchester United on Saturday.
United ran out 2-1 winners at Wembley as Tottenham lost their eighth straight FA Cup semi-final, the longest such run in the history of the competition.
Kane started the game with plenty of intent, but he soon resembled a figure that has become a familiar sight over the last few matches.
Since returning from the ankle injury that saw him sidelined in March, the striker has appeared to lack the energy that usually makes him so prolific.
Despite that, he has scored two goals in his last four appearances. And the 24-year-old claims he is feeling sharp despite his lacklustre displays.
“I feel good, I feel sharp,” he said (via Sky Sports). “Sometimes as a striker, you go through spells. I have scored two goals in four games, it is not terrible form.
“We have had tough games, Manchester City (last weekend) was a tough one.
“It is frustrating because, in these big games, obviously as a striker you want to score goals and help the team, but it wasn’t to be.”
It’s easy to see why some fans think Kane has rushed himself back too soon. His desperation to win the Golden Boot is probably a factor.
Such has been the quality of Kane’s performances over the last few years, Mauricio Pochettino is probably willing to let him play even if he isn’t fully fit – something that wouldn’t happen with most players.
Hopefully Kane can get some rest while building more match fitness ahead of next Monday’s game against Watford.