Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that his side can cope with the loss of Harry Kane to an ankle injury. Kane was initially expected to miss the rest of the season, but latest reports, courtesy of Sky Sports, suggest four to six weeks is now the time frame for a return.
He will miss Sunday's Premier League clash with Southampton and it was also thought he would miss the following ones against Burnley, Swansea, Watford and Bournemouth. We have different opportunities to play, use different formations.
"I think we can cope. The system that we've used in the last few months, we've not played with two or three strikers but today Harry Kane is not available and he will have the chance to play more", Pochettino said.
"If you see different players who arrive this season in the Premier League, when you have a striker like Kane who scores goals and plays well, it is hard for your second striker to take his place", he said.
Kane has scored 19 of Spurs' 53 goals so far this season, with Alli contributing 13 and Son adding seven. "That is important. I am happy in the way that he trained this week too", said Pochettino. We lost Harry Kane for seven to eight weeks and one of the best performances was without him against Manchester City.
While Spurs beat City without Kane in October, they failed to win any of their following six matches in his absence.
Pochettino feels that with Kane as first choice it was always going to be tough for Janssen to shine at once following his move to the Premier League. We need to score and win games and it is a challenge for the team. A Steven Davis double cancelled out Son's opener, which helped Southampton finish sixth whilst Spurs squandered second place to rivals Arsenal and finished third following final-day defeat to Newcastle.
"We need to assess it day by day", he said.
"We are not anxious, we are in good condition." the Argentine, whose second-placed side host his former club Southampton on Sunday, told reporters on Friday.