Harry Kane to miss Easter Sunday London derby with ankle injury

Harry Kane cuts short recovery period could play against Chelsea

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England striker Harry Kane has cut short the period of recovery from an ankle injury as Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Thursday that he could be available for the English Premier League match against Chelsea.

The 24-year-old England marksman, who has 31 goals to his credit this term, injured his ankle last month against Bournemouth and wasn't expected to return to training until April.

Pochettino suggested that if Kane, who has scored 31 goals in all competitions, can not return against Chelsea, he may be ready to face Stoke City on April 7.

"We need to assess him, it is still a few days until the game. Every day he is improving", Pochettino said. "I wasn't there. Only I can talk for myself, how he is at Tottenham, and we try to help him to achieve what he wants". "I think when you play this type of game, I think the pressure is for both teams", he said.

"I can not say no, but I can not say yes". If not this weekend, maybe next weekend, but the most important thing is we are so positive about his recovery. 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.

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

Notably, the injury report does not mention Dele Alli, who was reportedly carrying a knock in England training that kept him out of both matches, Victor Wanyama, who left worldwide duty with Kenya early for physical reasons to return to London, or Toby Alderweireld, who started and played 90 minutes for Belgium earlier in the week.

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

"For us today he was very good, he was fresh, he was fit and I am happy with the way he showed his fitness", Poch added.

"Of course there is still a lot of games to play, this is not a final, this is not a decisive game, but always it is important for your confidence, your motivation".

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