Kane returns to Spurs squad after ankle injury – team news

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Harry Kane has scored 19 Premier League goals this season

TEAM NEWS

Tottenham striker Harry Kane could start against Watford after recovering from the ankle injury that has ruled him out of the past three games.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains a doubt due to illness and deputy Michel Vorm will have a knee injury assessed, so Pau Lopez is on standby for his debut.

Watford’s Miguel Britos starts a two-match ban, and fellow defenders Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl are injured.

Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami, and Heurelho Gomes are all fitness doubts.

In addition, Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri says striker Troy Deeney and midfielders Tom Cleverley and Abdoulaye Doucoure are “very fatigued”.

Defender Christian Kabasele is back in contention after two months out with a hip problem, while Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama could return from a back injury.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Harry Kane: “We’ll see tomorrow whether he will start the game or be on the bench. But it’s good news that he’s ready.

“He’s an important player for us, and for him to be available for us is great.

“We are happy, he’s ready; maybe normally after one month out you need to feel the competition. But he’s a special player, he tries to push himself a lot.

“He’s always desperate to play, he’s always pushing you to try to let him train, play, and score goals. His character is unbelievable.”

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri: “I signed a three-year contract and it is clear I want to stay. My experience is that the first year is more difficult and the second is easier.

“The squad know your philosophy and the players who come after that will have an advantage, because players will be able to help them.

“There are two things we need to see before the season ends: we need a winning mentality, then we will see for next season who wants to stay in the squad.”

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Simon Brotherton: “Wednesday night’s thrilling finish at Swansea keeps Tottenham in the title race, although Chelsea don’t look like a team who are about to throw away a seven-point advantage at this stage of the season.

“Mauricio Pochettino’s free-scoring side have won 12 of the last 15 games, while making only a small dent in Chelsea’s lead, so just have to keep winning and hope for the best.

“Meanwhile, Watford have won their last two matches and have the same number of points as at this stage last season, but they haven’t got a great record at White Hart Lane. It’s 32 years since they last won there in the league.”

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