Steve McManaman: Why Harry Kane’s injury positive for Tottenham

The former Liverpool midfielder believes Harry Kane will return to Tottenham action a fresher player

Steve McManaman believes Harry Kane’s enforced break is a positive thing for Tottenham Hotspur.

The England international finished as the Premier League’s leading goal-scorer in the 2015-16 season after a return of 25 goals in 37 games.

Kane went away with Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad in the summer but the centre-forward struggled throughout the European championship.

The Tottenham striker failed to find the back of the net in the north London side’s opening three Premier League games before he scored in a 4-0 win at Stoke City.

Kane netted in successive Premier League games to break the deadlock against Sunderland before the England man suffered an ankle injury in the 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid winger McManaman believes Kane’s injury could mean that the Tottenham talisman is fresher upon his return to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

“I think the break will help Harry Kane,” McManaman told BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight show.

“He had a hard summer with England. He has come back and gone right back in the side. Hopefully this break through injury will give him a lift when he gets back in a Tottenham shirt and he can start scoring goals.”

Tottenham have won five Premier League games and drawn three times in the top flight after an impressive start to the 2016-17 campaign.

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The Lilywhites finished in third place in the table behind champions Leicester City and Arsenal last season.

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