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Kane could be rested as Spurs aim to seal top spot

By Staff Reporter

Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Kane may be rested for Tottenham's Europa League match against Monaco tonight (8.05pm) while Mousa Dembele is definitely out as he is sick.

Dembele missed training yesterday after coming down with a stomach bug and key players like Kane (right) could also sit out the clash given Spurs are already through to the knockout stages.

A draw against Monaco will ensure Pochettino's side finish first in the group, which would also guarantee them a seeding going into the last 32.

Kane, however, has played in all of Tottenham's 21 fixtures so far this season and endured a hectic summer, after going to Australia on the club's post-season tour and then playing for England's Under-21s.

"Is it a chance to rest him? Maybe yes," Pochettino said.

"He is in the squad but it is true we need to assess him and we have to decide the starting 11."

Pochettino has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes so far and suggested he will retain a number of core players again.

"There may be one or two more changes but not much," Pochettino added.

"I think the squad we have is strong. Tomorrow is a good opportunity to finish first and win the group - this is our objective."

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