Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson is worried about Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of a busy schedule, in an exclusive with Football Insider.
Robinson fears that Jose Mourinho will have a tough task managing the likes of Kane, Son Heung-min and Steve Bergwijn, who are all returning from long layoffs, as the Premier League seeks to resume the season in an initiative known as Project Restart. The England international has not played a game since New Year’s Day but has been working on his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Last week, Spurs players returned to Enfield to take part in first-team training, after shareholders voted to proceed with phase one of the English top flight’s plans.
Speaking to football writer Dylan Childs, Robinson said: “It is a huge boost for Spurs fans having him back. He has been out for an unprecedented amount of time. This is the longest break that he has ever had in football.
“My concern for Kane is whether he can play 90 minutes and whether he can play 90 minutes three times a week. I suspect that he cannot. Other players have been out for months as well and it will be very difficult to get any game time before the season restarts.
“League Two and the National League have abandoned their leagues and I suspect League One will not be far behind – so where do clubs get their behind-closed-door friendlies from?” He concluded that “it will be crucial how the likes of Kane are man managed through these games.”
Although Kane’s return will no doubt give Mourinho an advantage, it is hard to disagree with Robinson on this one, as questions remain over whether or not the striker will able to prove his match fitness before the campaign resumes.
The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals and supplied two assists in just 20 games in the Premier League for the Lilywhites so far, despite picking up an injury against Southampton that ruled him out for a substantial period of time.
It is worth remembering that Mourinho is already short of potent attacking options and Spurs struggled badly in Kane’s absence, as the north London club only won three games in the English top tier while he sat on the sidelines.
Mourinho’s side are currently eighth in the table, seven points behind London rivals Chelsea in fourth, and Spurs will need the Englishman to rediscover his goalscoring form if they are to push for Champions League football next season.
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