Jamie Redknapp issues warning to Tottenham ahead of Arsenal clash
Jamie Redknapp warns Mauricio Pochettino not to risk Harry Kane picking up another injury against Arsenal
Jamie Redknapp has warned Mauricio Pochettino not to risk playing Harry Kane in Sunday’s clash between Tottenham and Arsenal if the striker is not 100 per cent fit.
Pochettino confirmed on Friday that Kane would be included in Spurs’ matchday squad for the game at The Emirates after the striker’s lengthy lay-off with an ankle injury.
The England forward is not likely to be involved from the start against the Gunners given his lack of match practice in recent weeks.
And former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp does not want to see Pochettino risk Kane getting another injury by playing him too soon.
Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ on Friday morning, Redknapp said: “It’s a risk because you’ve got such a good player in Harry Kane and if he picked up a secondary injury to that ankle, you risk losing him.
“When he first went out of the team, Spurs looked good, they wer scoring goals but they dried up. What they miss is those tap-ins, those goals that Harry Kane scored so many of last year.”
Tottenham head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Arsenal, meanwhile, booked their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition with a 3-2 win over Ludogorets.