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Tottenham striker Harry Kane back in training after injury, but return to action must wait

By Tom Allnutt

Harry Kane could return against Arsenal on Sunday but the Tottenham striker will not be ready to face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League tonight.

Kane has been out for just over six weeks after injuring ligaments in his right ankle but the 23-year-old was involved in first-team training on Monday and Tuesday.

He did only half-sessions with the rest of the squad, however, before separately completing a specific recovery programme on his own. Kane is expected to take part in full training again tomorrow.

On the possibility of a return at Wembley, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "Tomorrow, no, not on the bench.

"It's good because you can see him today warming up with the team to be involved in some exercises.

"Sunday (to face Arsenal)? Maybe, maybe."

Toby Alderweireld has also missed the last four matches with a leg injury and Pochettino appeared less optimistic about the defender's chances of featuring this week.

The Belgian was seen stretching on his own in the gym at Tottenham's training ground yesterday before later completing some sprint exercises.

Erik Lamela has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the squad against Leicester but is still a doubt to face Leverkusen after feeling a problem in his hip.

Spurs have failed to score from open play in their last four matches and cannot afford a slip-up against Leverkusen, who sit third and only a point behind them in Group E.

"It's important to win. I think it will be tough," Pochettino said.

  • Tottenham v Leverkusen, Champions League: Wembley Stadium, Tonight, 7.45pm

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