Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s ankle injury that can sideline him till March was robust to take however has not affected the membership’s January transfer window plans, supervisor Mauricio Pochettino informed Sky Sports activities on Wednesday.
Kane broken left ankle ligaments close to the tip of the 1-zero loss to Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday after being sandwiched between Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones.
Tottenham are already with out their South Korea ahead Son Heung-min, who left after the United recreation to be a part of up together with his nation on the Asian Cup which runs till the Feb. 1 closing.
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However France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who pulled up with a groin injury simply earlier than half-time within the United defeat, must be match for the Carabao Cup semifinal second leg at Chelsea subsequent Thursday. Spurs lead 1-zero from the primary recreation at Wembley.
Pochettino mentioned it was “robust” to be with out “among the finest strikers on the planet” for the following six weeks, however added that it could possibly be a possibility for the academy gamers.
“It did not change [the club’s approach to the January window] all that occurred with Harry,” mentioned the Argentine.
“Son we knew was concerned within the Asian Cup for a couple of weeks. We have been at all times open to enhance with Harry in situation or not, however on the similar time we all know it’s going to be robust and troublesome to add the participant that we wish.
“It did not change our thoughts, I believe it is an excellent alternative for gamers to play extra, to step up. I am certain it is going to be a great alternative for younger gamers via the academy to present their high quality.”
Pochettino has introduced a number of kids via to the primary group squad with midfielder Oliver Skipp and Argentine defender Juan Foyth having performed this season.
However he’s probably to depend on skilled Spanish ahead Fernando Llorente as a substitute for Kane, whereas speedy Brazilian ahead Lucas Moura ought to soon be again from injury.
“We all know what it means to have Harry Kane match and accessible to play and assist the group to win, however we’ve got a squad and [his absence] cannot be an excuse,” he mentioned.
“Within the subsequent recreation we’d like to play towards Fulham [in the Premier League on Sunday] and the semifinal second leg with Chelsea with the identical mentality — pondering we will beat any group.”
Third-positioned Spurs are 9 factors behind leaders Liverpool and 5 off Manchester Metropolis however Pochettino mentioned it was not not possible to combat for the title with 16 video games left to play.
Nonetheless, he added: “For me the life like contenders [to win the Premier league] are Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis.”