MAURICIO POCHETTINO’S gut feeling is Harry Kane will be fit for the Champions League final — should Spurs reach it.
Tottenham talisman Kane has not played since suffering “significant” ankle ligament damage in their 1-0 quarter-final first-leg win at home to Manchester City on April 9.
But boss Poch believes his star striker would be ready to play in the final in Madrid on June 1.
He said: “My gut is maybe he can be available, because I know Harry Kane, the determination to work, to be focused and recover as soon as possible but I am not a doctor.
“This is only my gut. But I hope, yes. It is going to depend on his rehab.
“Now he is in a very good period that is going forward quick but always the last moment is the most difficult situation — to take the decision to play or not.”
Kane will miss both legs of the semi-final against Ajax and the rest of the Premier League campaign.
And Pochettino revealed England captain Kane texted him to say congratulations after the 4-3 Etihad thriller that saw their team through on the away goals rule.
‘IT’S SO DIFFICULT’
The Argie added: “We are always in contact.
“He shared in the happiness. And of course it’s so difficult to describe but they are so happy because they are motivated to play the semi-final.
“Players are sad when they arrive at these moments and are injured and not part of the squad.
“They are part of the success but not to be involved in the games, to live this experience, is always so tough.”
Kane, 25, will be missing when Spurs look to extend their 100 per cent record at their new stadium against West Ham this lunchtime.
But fellow frontman Vincent Janssen, 24, has been told he could still have a future at the club.
The Dutchman, signed from AZ Alkmaar for £17million in 2016, looked to be heading for the exit after falling out with Poch.
Janssen was loaned out last season and had not made a single appearance this term. He was also left out of Tottenham’s last two Champions League squads.
But he featured for the first time since August 2016 in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Brighton and could be on the bench against the Hammers.
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Poch said: “Does he have a future at the club? Why not? I accept people can make mistakes and giving second chances is an important thing.”
Pochettino insists it is “not fair” the Dutch League have given Ajax the weekend off before Tuesday’s clash, while Spurs have just two full days’ rest.
He added: “It’s not fair. The fact is they are going to avoid risk, we’re taking risks.”