The manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Jose Mourinho, has confirmed that the club’s talisman, Harry Kane, will be fine contrary to speculation that went viral after Thursday’s Europa League match against Dinamo Zagreb.
Harry Kane was the star man of the first leg of the Europa League round-of-16 match on Thursday. The 27-year-old English striker carried Tottenham Hotspur on his shoulder from the start of the match until almost the end of the game.
He scored the two goals that gave Tottenham Hotspur an unprecedented advantage ahead of the second leg of the round which will take place on March 18, 2021. Harry Kane’s first goal in the match came in the 25th minute and made it two in the 70th minute.
"We can't go to Zagreb and try to defend the advantage – we have to go there and try to win."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 11, 2021
🗣️ Jose on tonight's match and @HKane's display#UEL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/mLASNHps8e
After a very productive game, coach Jose Mourinho decided to substitute him in the 84th minute. Seconds after he was substituted, Harry Kane was seen on the bench with a pack of ice on his knee.
Kane is known to have a history of a bad knee as his injuries are often center around his knee ligament. Hence the picture scared most fans of the club that they could be without their talisman at a very critical point of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur are struggling in the Premier League and they need their best legs to keep fighting for a favorite position on the league table. They are currently sitting on the 7th spot on the league table with 45 points in 27 games, 5 points away from 4th placed Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho and his boys will be on duty against Arsenal on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at the Emirate Stadium. A win in the match could push Tottenham further up the league table and give them a stronghold on at least a Europa League spot.
The Portuguese coach says the club’s most productive player this season, Harry Kane might not miss the match as the knocks he suffered in the Europa League game on Thursday might not stop him from playing against Arsenal.
“I hope so, I believe so. It is a big match, only big problems stop him to be there. Let’s see the reaction tomorrow but I am sure he will be fine”, Mourinho said.
On Harry Kane’s performance against Dinamo Zagreb, Mourinho agreed with the coach of Zagreb, Zoran Mamic, who described the England international as a master of football. Mourinho said: “He is. He is very intelligent. His football is intelligent.
“Some strikers score lots of goals and that is the most important thing in football for a striker, which he does, but apart from that he understands every tip we give him, in terms of his positioning, movement, he understands the game very well.
“He feels the spaces, he looks around to see where other players are and he can affect the game. He is really a very good player.”
So far this season, Harry Kane has scored 16 goals and provided 13 assists in 25 Premier League games. The 27-year-old English striker has scored a total number of 26 goals and provided 16 assists in 37 games in all competitions.