Spurs boss Mason on Harry Kane’s chances of featuring in League Cup final
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Interim Tottenham boss Ryan Mason has provided a fresh update on the fitness of star striker Harry Kane, ahead of the fast-approaching League Cup final.
Citizens the favourites
The marquee fixture of the upcoming weekend in England is of course set to play out at Wembley.
The matchup in question will see Spurs and Manchester City go head to head, for the first piece of silverware of the English season – the Carabao Cup.
It is Pep Guardiola’s City who, for obvious reasons, will head into the clash as favourites, having enjoyed a scintillating campaign to date, with a treble still very much on the cards.
The Sky Blues are also regarded as tournament specialists, having remarkably clinched glory in four of the last five editions of the League Cup.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Kyle Walker of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Manchester City at Bramall Lane on October 31, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Underdogs Tottenham, on the other hand, will head into the capital showpiece in search of their first trophy since all the way back in 2008.
The north Londoners’ tumultuous season thus far means that they will also enter the clash overseen by a manager with just a solitary game on the club’s bench under his belt.
The inexperienced tactician alluded to above of course comes in the form of Ryan Mason.
Former Spurs midfielder Mason was handed the reins at the club until the end of the season earlier this week, following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.
In turn, the 29-year-old held just his 2nd press conference as Tottenham boss this afternoon.
And the main topic of discussion, unsurprisingly, surrounded star attacker Harry Kane.
Kane limped out of the Lilywhites’ meeting with Everton last week, after picking up an ankle problem.
In turn, when began to spread earlier today that the English international had returned to individualised training, the Spurs faithful quickly made clear their excitement.
Mason, though, this evening moved to pump the brakes on suggestions that Kane now looks certain to feature on Sunday, instead revealing that a clear indication of the hitman’s availability will not be forthcoming until tomorrow:
‘We’re not sure yet. He didn’t train with the team today but we’ll have more of an idea tomorrow to see if we can get him back on the pitch.’
‘I’m not really sure. It’s a case of taking it hour by hour now. So the days are obviously running out. It’s a case of seeing how he feels in the next four hours, the next six hours, and go from there. I can’t really answer that question until tomorrow. Everyone isn’t sure.’
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 23, 2021