Team news is out, and it’s good! Well, at least LONG-TERM good. Tottenham released its weekly prematch update on injured players, and while there are four Spurs that will not feature against Leicester City this Sunday, there’s good news about the expected return of Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
TEAM NEWS:— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 8, 2019
@dele_official (hamstring) and @HKane (ankle) have commenced on-field rehabilitation.
@Ben_Davies33 (groin) is continuing rehabilitation.
@vincentjanssen (knee) and @ericdier (virus) are unavailable this weekend. pic.twitter.com/AvjcpLPSZE
“Commenced on-field rehabilitation” doesn’t mean that Kane and Dele have both returned to full training, but it does mean they’re no longer just waiting for their respective injured body parts to heal and are actually doing things like kicking balls and stuff. And that’s good!
Kane, in particular, looks likely to have an early return, and in his weekly press conference Mauricio Pochettino even hinted Kane could return as soon as Burnley at Turf Moor on February 23.
“He’s doing well, fantastic You know him well, we need to stop everyday because he wants to be ahead of his recovery. He’s very optimistic and his determination to play as soon as possible is unbelievable.
“I think he’s so close to come back. Not for Sunday [against Leicester City] or Wednesday [against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League], but we will see after.”
However, the news still isn’t great regarding Ben Davies, and Danny Rose looks likely to start Sunday against the Foxes. Eric Dier is ruled out via a virus and Vincent Janssen apparently has a knee issue, and that latter bit is notable only because Vincent Janssen was actually named as part of the squad like a real player who could hypothetically enter a match at some point.
Spurs kick off against Leicester at 1:30 p.m. UK, 8:30 a.m. ET this Sunday.