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Tottenham's Kane could return for England's Nations League matches

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Cary Erickson | 13 April, 2019, 11:59

This rough timeframe offers a glimmer of hope to England fans who are desperate to see Kane lead out the Three Lions in Portugal in the semi-finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League campaign.

His most recent injury, sustained during Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City, will likely rule Kane out for the remainder of the season, admits Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

'Now is not a moment to talk too much, now is a moment to help him be fit as soon as possible, to help us, and in the summer if Gareth Southgate thinks he's going to be important to help the national team then to help the national team'.

In Manchester City clash, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli sustained a fracture of his left hand.

Spurs coped well without Kane during an injury lay-off earlier this season, winning five of seven matches in his absence.

"He broke his hand and we need to assess today and see if he can be involved", he explained. He joined from Swansea City knowing full well that he would be playing second fiddle to Harry Kane, and that is exactly how it has panned out.

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"It is a little bit sad but he is looking forward to recovering as soon as possible", Pochettino said.

"We want to show everyone we deserve to be in the Champions League and we have the level to play every season in the Champions League".

And Pochettino says that, with Kane, you have to accept his work ethic as well as the good and the bad that come with it.

That would be a big blow for Spurs, who are fourth in the Premier League and battling with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United for a place in next year's Champions League.

Spurs shift their focus back to the Premier League and the nervy race for top four on Saturday, when they face bottom-placed Huddersfield Town at their new stadium.