Remember how we all said that due to his late return to training and the fact that he’s currently isolating at Hotspur Way that Harry Kane would almost certainly not feature for Tottenham Hotspur in their season opener against Manchester City? Well, I guess “almost” was doing a lot of work.
Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed to Sky Sports today that Kane will be available to play against his erstwhile new club on Sunday, despite not returning to the UK until this past Friday and his COVID-protocol isolation lasting until this coming Thursday.
“All the players in the squad that work on a daily basis will be options for us,” Espirito Santo said, “then it’s up to us to decide.”
Nuno also stated that today he was due to have his first talk with Harry Kane since his appointment as Tottenham head coach, and that no decisions will be made about Harry until after they have a heart-to-heart.
“First of all we have to speak. This is going to happen today, and after that we hope to solve all the situations. We have to solve it together, everybody involved has to solve it together —speaking, having a nice conversation and putting our opinions, but everybody together.”
Now, just because Nuno says he’ll be available doesn’t actually mean that Kane is going to play. The timeline is exceptionally tight, though Kane’s full summer of football probably needs he won’t need much training to get up to full fitness again. That said, Kane slotting into the team could potentially make for a very awkward homecoming at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend. If he is a part of the team it’s going to be extremely interesting what kind of a reception he gets from the Tottenham faithful.
The match between Tottenham and Manchester City kicks off Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. UK. Get the popcorn ready. And maybe the whisky.