Tottenham Hotspur and Jose Mourinho claim that Harry Kane may not be anywhere near full fitness when the Euros start this summer as they do not expect him to return to the pitch until Spurs’ last two games of the season.
Arsenal and Spurs don’t go head-to-head in the Premier League again until 25 April which seemed to give Kane plenty of time to get fit to face us, as tends to happen.
Following surgery to repair his hamstring, Mourinho, however, doesn’t expect him to be back until the game against Leicester on 9 May, with the match against the Foxes a more realistic target than the Arsenal game. If he isn’t ready for that one, they expect him back for the following match against Crystal Palace.
“I think these matches (Leicester and Palace),” Mourinho told reporters ahead of Spurs FA Cup replay against Southampton. “Maybe we need them for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth. Maybe we need them for something and he can help us. I hope.
“Everything is OK. He’s having his treatment. There’s no pressure, he keeps going, no setback. With Hugo Lloris we were speaking about February and he came back in January. It’s better not to put any kind of expectations, any kind of pressure. Let it go and let’s see.”
Of course, we’ve heard this all before only to see Kane declared fit 5 minutes before the Spurs team against Arsenal is announced.
England only have two friendlies lined up before the Euros start and Mourinho was then asked what this would all mean for England. His answer was actually one I quite liked, which doesn’t happen that often with him. “That’s a problem for Southgate and (his assistant) Steve Holland, not for me,” he replied.
Pushed further on the subject when asked how he would feel if he was England manager he replied simply, “I don’t know. I’m not.”