Tottenham Hotspur head into this Saturday’s match at Stoke City on a roll -- unbeaten in the Premier League since the mid-December match against Manchester City, a run of 13 games. After Harry Kane’s 20 minute substitute return against Chelsea last Sunday, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that Kane is back and is expected to feature against the Potters.
“He’s ok after playing nearly 20 minutes against Chelsea. This week was good, he’s working hard. Yes, he’s going to arrive, we need to see him one training session more today after the press conference. He’s doing very good and of course the expectation is to score goals and you know him, he’s so determined to help the team to achieve all that they want. Of course, he’s hungry to score.”
The match-up against Stoke has certainly been very good to Tottenham and to Kane — Spurs have won their past four matches against the Potters by a four goal margin, with Kane scoring eight goals in those four games. It’s no wonder that, after Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was subbed off with an apparent injury yesterday in the Champions League, some are tipping Kane to return to his goal scoring ways on Saturday and make the Golden Boot race more competitive.
However, Tottenham’s OTHER Harry, Harry Winks, is still experiencing difficulties returning from his own ankle injury. Tom Collomosse wrote in the Standard today that Winksy was given an injection to his ankle to help bring down the swelling, and that he’s continuing to go through rehabilitation for an injury that has mostly kept him out of the side for the second half of the season. Spurs are hopeful that this will allow him to play a role in Spurs’ team in the Premier League run-in.
Pochettino even addressed Winksy in his press conference, saying that he didn’t expect that Winks would require surgery.
“At the moment, no. We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks but at the moment no. He’s still doing his rehab and we’ll see what happens. But at the moment it’s not an option.”