Harry Kane opted out of Thursday’s Europa League game against Wolfsberger after recent ankle injury, says Jose Mourinho; Gareth Bale impressed in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Austrian side; Kane and Bale set to feature against West Ham on Sunday, live on Sky Sports from 11am; kick-off midday
Jose Mourinho has revealed that Harry Kane asked not to be considered for selection for Tottenham’s game against Wolfsberger on Thursday, but says both he and Gareth Bale are in contention to start against West Ham this weekend.
Kane was not in the Spurs squad that travelled to Budapest – to where the tie had been moved – to take on Austrian side Wolfsberger in their Europa League last-32 first leg.
The England captain had played three games in six days since returning from an ankle injury suffered last month and Mourinho says the striker felt his long-term fitness would be best served by missing the trip to Hungary.
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Spurs were able to cruise to a 4-1 win even without Kane, with Bale – who has struggled to impress since returning from Real Madrid last summer – recording a goal and an assist in the victory.
The Wales forward could now be set for a rare Premier League start when West Ham visit Spurs on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, and Mourinho is also expecting to have Kane available against their London rivals.
Speaking about his star striker, Mourinho said: “[He is an] experienced guy that had injuries in the past. He knows his body better than anyone.
“He knows that I want him to play every minute of every game, so it’s never a question of a choice. I wanted to come here with the best team and the players that could give us more opportunities to win the game and get a good result, but he made the decision based on his feelings.