Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo is unsure whether Harry Kane will be available to face Wolves next weekend – declaring he will join the squad when he is ready.
The new Spurs boss got off to the perfect start as his side beat reigning Premier League champions Man City 1-0 on Sunday.
Kane was not involved and was not even in the stadium for Tottenham’s opening game of the season either as speculation continues over his future.
The England captain, who has been heavily linked with a move to City this summer, only had two training sessions with the first team following his late return from holiday.
As a result, it was decided that he wasn’t fit enough to even take a place on the bench.
Regardless, City fans in the away end attempted to recruit him with one banner reading: ‘Kane, come to City to ease your pain.’
By the end of the game though, a chant of, “Are you watching Harry Kane? rung out around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Nuno was quizzed on Kane’s absence and said: “He is continuing his preparation. The delay [in returning], all these things, I think Harry needs to work, he worked today and he will keep on working until he is ready for the team.
“Players who have had not too many sessions need more work with us, need to be fit.
“Different cases with [new signings] Bryan [Gil], because he came from the Olympic Games, and also [Cristian] Romero. I think for them it’s important to be here, to feel the stadium, feel the hotel, the meeting, all the processes that we have, it’s important.”
Asked whether Kane was in the stadium, Nuno said: “He worked in the morning, I don’t know what he is going to do [to watch the game].
He added: “He is preparing himself for when he is ready to join the group and help the team.
“Look, Harry Kane is one of the best players in the world, honestly. We are very lucky to have him. He has to get ready and help the team.”
When asked if he believes Kane will play in Spurs’ next league game, Nuno replied: “We still have to go to Portugal [for the Europa Conference League match vs Pacos Ferreira].
“We have to go to Portugal, and then we think about Wolves.”
Reflecting on the game in general, he concluded: “I’m sure that with commitment and with the talent that we have, we are going to be a good team.
“We are in the process of that.
“I’m learning every day. Every day that I work with them, I’m learning every day.
“I’m very proud of them today, very proud.”
With this game out of the way, Manchester City may well now intensify their pursuit of Kane, which has so far amounted to an opening £100million bid – some way off what Spurs want to even get to the negotiating table.
Their need for a striker was obvious in north London as they missed several chances, but Pep Guardiola, who last week revealed he wants to sign Kane, was not prepared to bite this time when asked if this performance showed why they need the Spurs man.
“We are the same people as last season, Sergio (Aguero) has gone unfortunately but we only had him for seven games,” he said.
“We are the same people. We won the Premier League and we made very good things. It is a tough rival, we did everything to win.
“It is the same people as last season and we scored loads of goals. It has happened, we were there, we arrived many times and today we could not score and it is the same mystery. We are good enough to score a goal.”
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