Mauricio Pochettino says that Harry Kane could return to the Tottenham ranks for the north London derby away to Arsenal on Sunday, November 6.
The England striker has been out of action since injuring his ankle in the 1-0 win over Sunderland in mid-September, but Pochettino says he is nearing a first-team return.
Pochettino, who confirmed Toby Alderweireld will join Kane in missing the Leicester fixture on Saturday due to a knee injury, said: ‘Harry and Toby are both making good progress but are still unavailable.
‘It is difficult to know when they will be back but we will see. Maybe the evolution is great in the next few days and maybe they are available if not Wednesday then next Sunday. If not we need to wait two weeks until after the international break.’
The Tottenham manager said Kane and Alderweireld had been made to ‘suffer’ in their rehabilitation.
‘They suffer a lot,’ he said. ‘They want to be available quickly because we kill them. When they are recovering from injury they have double sessions every day, to keep fit, and it’s a good thing to say, “Wake up, work hard”. They are very positive.
‘Sometimes you cannot accelerate the process. We wait for the doctors to say they are available. They are not frustrated, always they want to play but sometimes it’s not possible.’
Pochettino believes this season’s Premier League could go right down to the wire.
He added: “At the moment we expect that it is a very competitive season. There are a lot of clubs fighting to be top of the table.
“I think this season will be tough and competitive and maybe we need to wait till the last game to know which team lift.”