For the past week or so, popular opinion has suggested that Harry Kane might be due for another early return from his ankle injury. Injured since the end of the 1-0 loss to Manchester United on January 13, it was thought that Kane might not return until the beginning of March, but hopes were bolstered for an earlier return after positive reports and videos posted during his warm weather rehabilitation a couple of weeks ago.
Now, there’s actual hope. According to Dan Kilpatrick (and repeated elsewhere), as of Monday Kane has returned to full training with his Tottenham teammates and could return to the pitch in time for Saturday’s match against Burnley at Turf Moor.
That doesn’t mean, however, that he’ll start the match. Considering the nature of Kane’s injury (ankle ligament damage) and the slow start he had the last time he returned after a lengthy absence, it’s very possible that Kane starts on the bench. And that’s okay — with Son Heung-Min on a purple patch and the team on a hot run of form there’s no need to throw Kane right back into the mix if Poch doesn’t think he’s 100% ready.
There’s no doubt, however, that this is massive, MASSIVE news as Spurs head into the home stretch of the season. Spurs were improbably able to not only weather the storm of Kane’s absence but actually solidify their place in the top four and push for title contention. Now that Kane’s back, it positions the club very nicely if Liverpool or City slip up. And there’s also the Champions League to think about, too.
Dele Alli remains the only notable injury left at Spurs, and we haven’t heard much of an update lately about him. Based on previous estimations, he’s still on track to return to training in early March.