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Europa League: Harry Kane set for a rest as Spurs boss Pochettino looks to protect his sparkling gem

By Mark Bryans

Mauricio Pochettino is preparing to wrap Harry Kane in cotton wool to prevent a striker injury crisis at Tottenham.

The England international could sit out tonight's Europa League clash with Anderlecht after Pochettino revealed he suffered a knock in the weekend's draw with Liverpool.

With Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli already sidelined, Pochettino is running short of attacking options and is therefore contemplating resting Kane - despite the striker travelling to Belgium with the rest of the squad.

Kane has only scored once for Spurs this season after his impressive breakthrough campaign last year but is still seen as vital to Pochettino's hopes, and the Argentinian is ready to take his main man out of the firing line to prevent any aggravation of his issue - with summer recruit Clinton Njie his likely replacement.

"Yes maybe," Pochettino replied when asked if he was thinking of resting Kane.

"We have Son and Nacer Chadli who can play as a striker and Njie and Kane (are) today available.

"We need to assess because at the end of the game against Liverpool, Harry had a small problem. He had a knock, not an injury.

"It is possible he will start on the bench, as normal we need to manage in a good way and assess and analyse every little detail.

"The player always wants to play. Afterwards I decide if the player is wrong."

Njie has yet to start a game since his summer arrival from Lyon and has not scored a goal for his new club.

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