Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane has begun indoor running as part of his recovery from an ankle injury.

However, the Tottenham manager confirmed Kane will play no part in next week’s second leg against Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals.

Spurs face Ajax on Tuesday without Kane and Son Heung-min, who is suspended after picking up a yellow card against Manchester City.

Kane has been out since damaging ankle ligaments in the first leg of the quarter-finals and is expected to be out for remainder of the Premier League campaign.

However, if Tottenham are to reach the Champions League final there is a chance Kane will recover in time.

And Pochettino was on hand to give a positive update on the striker’s fitness in his pre-Ajax press conference on Monday.

“He’s doing well. He’s working, starting to run a little bit inside,” Pochettino said (via Football London).

“His rehab is so good but we cannot create any ideas that after we cannot maybe achieve. The most important thing is he’s good and in a good place, so focused and we see what happens, we assess him every day. We are happy but we will see.”

Asked if there is a chance Kane will be fit for the second leg against Ajax, Pochettino turned to his assistant, Jesus Perez, and said: “No chance Jesus? Jesus says no chance.”

Vincent Janssen is ineligible after Spurs opted against registering the Dutchman for the knockout stages, so Fernando Llorente is likely to lead the line, supported by Lucas Moura.



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