Kane set to miss Chelsea game with injury

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

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

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out that Harry Kane will not feature for Spurs in their crucial top four deciding match against Chelsea this Sunday. Spurs now sit in fourth in the Premier League table and have the chance to extend their lead over fifth place Chelsea to eight points.

The striker suffered ankle ligament damage before the global break and Spurs said he would not be ready to return to training until April.

He was an unused substitute for the 1-1 draw with Italy at Wembley, and Pochettino knows the 21-year-old may need some encouragement after being overlooked by England boss Gareth Southgate, seemingly jeopardising his prospects of a starting role at the World Cup. I can not give opinions about a context that I wasn't there [for].

"Maybe next weekend. But the most important (thing) is that we are so positive about his recovery, and we are doing fantastic, and we are so happy".

Kane has enjoyed an incredible run of goalscoring form against Tottenham's London rivals - scoring 23 goals in 34 games. "Every day he is improving", Pochettino said.

"It is hard now to say if he will be involved this weekend - I can not say no and I can not say yes - but maybe next weekend".

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Any game against Chelsea is a huge tie for Tottenham, yet Sunday's game carries huge importance for both sides.

Spurs have not won at Stamford Bridge since 1990, and a grand total of 25 visits.

"I think it always a massive game because it's a London derby", said Pochettino.

This could be just the boost that Spurs needed ahead of Sunday's game. Both Chelsea and Spurs have Champions League ambitions, and this game will go a long way in deciding who plays in Europe next season.

Dele Alli returned from global duty having collected just a matter of minutes playing time, having picked up a knock in training.