Pochettino leaves door open for Kane return against Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur have not beaten Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge since 1990 when striker Gary Lineker scored the winning goal in a 2-1 league victory

But Pochettino is not ruling out a return for the striker in Sunday's game.

Kane's injury has dented his chances as finishing the season as the Premier League top-scorer - which would be his third successive campaign winning the award - as his 24 goals have been eclipsed by Mohamed Salah's tally of 28 goals.

Chelsea desperately need a win as they are five points adrift of Tottenham, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot, with both clubs having eight matches remaining.

Mauricio Pochettino has some options as to how to set up his squad against Antonio Conte's Chelsea, but I think we'll probably see Son Heung-Min at the tip of the spear with Dele, Christian Eriksen, and Erik Lamela behind him.

Harry Kane has been ruled out of Spurs' game against Chelsea this weekend, handing the Blues a major injury boost.

Pochettino, who ranks Spurs' rivalry with Chelsea on a par with Arsenal, does not think it is a winner-takes-all game. If not this weekend, maybe next weekend.

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Kane suffered ankle ligament damage in a 4-1 Premier League win away to Bournemouth earlier this month, ruling the centre-forward out of the subsequent trip to Swansea in the FA Cup and causing him to miss England's friendly meetings with Netherlands and Italy.

Pochettino said: "It is always a massive game, because it is a London derby".

Both players were involved in global duty this week, and will be checked on before the crucial matchup. "I think when you play this type of game, I think the pressure is for both teams", he said.

"Of course, [it's] always not only advice, [it] is talk [aimed at] trying to help the players, to help the players when they need to be pushed". It is not a decisive game that is going to put you in one or another position.

On his side's dismal record at Chelsea - Kane was not even born when Tottenham last won there in 1990 - Pochettino added: "I think it is not a point to be focused on for us".

"With Dele my relationship is always very good, like all the players here in Tottenham", he said.

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