Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is set to give his squad two tests within 24 hours ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester United, according to an exclusive from football.london.
Football correspondent Alasdair Gold revealed Mourinho has organised back-to-back friendly matches, as Spurs will face Norwich City on Friday, before making a quick turnaround to play Reading a day later.
The Portuguese is keen to ensure as many players as possible are fit and ready to line up against the Red Devils next week.
As a result, this latest development could be bad news for Tottenham talisman Harry Kane.
It is fair to say Mourinho has been plagued by constant setbacks, as Spurs have been hit by a number of injuries over the course of the season so far, with Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko all spending lengthy spells on the sidelines.
As it turns out, the COVID-19 crisis has arguably given the club an unexpected bonus, as the players have recovered from injury before football resumes later this month.
However, former Spurs star Paul Robinson has urged Mourinho to tread carefully with Kane, and the veteran has suggested he should not be rushed back into action ahead of a busy schedule.
Although the Portuguese will probably rotate the players for the two friendlies, questions still remain over Kane’s fitness levels.
Indeed, it is worth pointing out the 26-year-old has not played a competitive match for almost six months after sustaining a hamstring injury against Southampton on New Year’s Day.
While the England international has insisted he is eager to get back on the pitch, Mourinho must tread with caution, as Kane runs the risk of suffering from fatigue.
Ultimately, the decision lies with the manager, but playing every few days could be detrimental to both the player and the club if he is unable to cope with the physical demands of Premier League football.
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