Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Harry Kane could return to action for Tottenham’s Premier League meeting with Burnley on February 23.
That means Kane will miss next weeks’ Champions League Round of 16 first leg encounter with Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
There had been suggestions the striker could make a surprise return for the huge European night, but Pochettino has confirmed Kane will return no earlier than the Burnley game 10 days later.
“Now he is here, he is doing well, he is doing fantastic,” Pochettino said in a press conference (via the London Evening Standard).
“We need to stop him every day because he wants to be ahead of his recovery and he’s very optimistic and determined to play as soon as possible.
“It’s unbelievable but he’s doing well, if you see him he’s nearly ready to play but we need to be realistic too and of course in between all the areas to take the best decision.
“He’s so close to come back again. Not for Sunday, not for Wednesday but we will see after. Maybe [for Burnley], maybe yes.”
Kane was originally ruled out until March, but it looks like the 25-year-old will now be available for important London derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Spurs have won their last three league games, with Son Heung-min’s premature return from the Asian Cup turning out to be perfect timing.
However, Kane’s absence contributed to two cup exits in a week in January as Tottenham crashed out of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup in a matter of days.
Pochettino will be delighted to have his talisman back in the team for important matches – let’s just hope there aren’t any hiccups in his rehabilitation.