Spurs ready for tough test against Burnley, says Pochettino

Ross Houston
March 31, 2017

Tottenham play Burnley at Turf Moor tomorrow as they bid to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Pochettino said Rose was behind Harry Kane in his rehabilitation and Kane, who is out with an ankle injury, is expected to return towards the end of April.

Harry Kane is enormous for the Spurs attacking prowess and has already scored 19 goals in the Premier League this season.

"Burnley will be tough".

He said the England striker "is doing well" and had started to work on the pitch. "Not only must we give our best, we must be ready to fight for every single ball".

The prognosis on Kane's team-mate Danny Rose is less certain.

Similar (and perhaps stupider) rumors have swirled linking Pochettino to the perhaps-soon-to-be-open managerial position at Arsenal, should Arsene Wenger step down or be fired.

Kane has been "positive" in training and his recovery, according to Pochettino. You can see in possession he dropped in between the centre backs or between the full back and the centre back, and always we play with three.

Tottenham defender Danny Rose may not return to action until the end of April after it was reported by the Evening Standard that the England global will need to see a specialist.

Tottenham will also assess Vincent Janssen (chest infection), while Erik Lamela has been ruled out for the season with a hip problem.

Last week, a rumor circulated that Mauricio Pochettino had met with FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu at a restaurant in the Catalonian capital.

But Pochettino, a former player and manager of Barca's local rivals Espanyol scoffed at the suggestion.

Last week, Tottenham said they were aware of Pochettino's meeting with Bartomeu. Because I know him for a long time, before, before he became chairman of Barcelona. We spend five minutes together. That was the reality.

'I love Espanyol and now it is like that at Tottenham.

As he welcomed his players back from worldwide duty, the Argentine was under no illusions about the task facing them at Turf Moor, where Sean Dyche's men have only lost three league games this season.

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