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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Harry Kane will miss their trip to Manchester United but remained hopeful the striker will recover in time for the Lilywhites' UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday. Of course, you're always going to miss your main striker and Kane is one of the best strikers.

As Kane is regularly on the score sheet of the club, some have accused them of being a one man side that revolves around the England worldwide.

Pochettino told his prematch news conference on Friday: "For tomorrow, we can not take a risk. On Wednesday [against Real Madrid] we have another game so we can not think too much on the mistake". Kane is the Premier League's top scorer with eight goals this season.

"In football, you have these kind of days and these kind of games", said Michel Vorm, the back-up keeper who was captain for the night. "I feel it is so close, but only need to wait for it to click in his mind that he is ready".

Man Utd beat Spurs 1-0 last season at the Theatre of Dreams but succumbed to a 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane in the second leg.

"I don't speak about injured players, so don't ask me about Harry Kane, because to speak about Kane I have to speak about (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, (Paul) Pogba, (Marcos) Rojo, (Michael) Carrick so I don't speak".

Moussa Sissoko and Delle Alli scored for Spurs while Andre Ayew and Angelo Ogbonna earned Westham London bragging rights. "But now we move on". Pochettino said he was not willing to take a risk by involving Kane, who hit a brace against Liverpool before his late injury, with other big games on the horizon. The team fought a lot and deserved more. They didn't create too many chances against us.

Meanwhile, Ander Herrera is keen to make "a big statement" about their EPL title prospects with a victory over title rivals Tottenham.

Tottenham have coped well without Lamela, who has not played for Spurs since October past year, but they may find the loss of Kane too much to bear. 'We don't concede goals like that. "We can not think too much, only try to help and lift them".

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