Huge Boost for Spurs as Pochettino Claims Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld Are 'Close to Returning'

Published on: 30 October 2016

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that injured-duoHarry Kane and Toby Alderweireld are 'close' to areturn to first-team action.

The Argentine boss admitted that the pair might even be fit enough to play in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen or the upcoming north London derby against Arsenal.

Alderweireld has missed Tottenham's last three games while Kane has been out of action sincebeing stretchered off against Sunderland on September18th.

Spurs have struggled up-front in the absence of the 23-year-old, scoring just six goals in as many games.

When asked about a date for Kane's return, as quoted byESPN,Pochettino replied:"It's difficult to know. We'll see.

"His evolution is great so over the next few days, we'll assess. Maybe he is available Wednesday. If not, Sunday. And if not, we need to wait two weeks [until after the international break]. [Toby is] the same as Harry. We'll see."

TEAM NEWS: "@HKane and @AlderweireldTob are both making good progress but are still unavailable for tomorrow" - Mauricio. pic.twitter.com/W9DdcMqzqn

Asked about the duo's mindset leading up to their return, Pochettino said:"They are not frustrated. We don't like to use that word. They feel very well, they are working very hard.

"They suffer a lot but they want to be available quickly because we kill them! When they are injured, it's a double session every day and they suffer a lot to keep fit.

''It's a good thing to say 'come on, wake up and work hard.' But they are very positive. It was bad luck in the way we got the injuries but you cannot accelerate the process in your body sometimes.

"They are positive, they are not frustrated about that. It's true all players want to play as soon as possible but sometimes it's not possible.

"It's always tough to play four games away -- travel, tiredness, different competitions. When you play against very physical teams like we have, it's always difficult. But that's the competition. It doesn't wait for us, it doesn't wait for anybody. We need to adapt quickly to the competition."