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Mauricio Pochettino remains hopeful of Harry Kane’s return

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists “all is possible” when it concerns Harry Kane, despite remaining cautious on his chances of returning from injury this season.

The English striker sustained an ankle injury during the second half of Spurs’ 1-0 first-leg Champions League victory over Manchester City last week.

Defender Fabian Delph accidentally stood on Kane’s left ankle in a challenge for the ball, which saw the Spurs man have to come off for Lucas Moura.

Therefore, Kane was absent for Wednesday’s return leg as Spurs held on to win the tie on away goals despite suffering a 4-3 defeat at City.

The 25-year-old is facing the threat of missing Spurs’ semi-final showdown with Ajax along with the remainder of the season due to his injury.

But Pochettino is refusing to rule out his star forward at the moment.

“Still we cannot say nothing,” said the Argentine, according to TeamTalk.

“We are going to assess him day-by-day, we’ll see.

“We’re not optimistic but you know Harry Kane and with Harry Kane all is possible.

“We’re not going to say he won’t play again or not, we are going to assess him day-by-day.”

A VAR review twice went Spurs’ favour towards the end of the match at City, with Fernando Llorente’s decisive goal being allowed despite fears of handball.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling was denied a hat-trick for offside in a goal that would have seen City go through instead.

“I didn’t want to watch because in that moment I take off my jacket and jumper and throw to bench and go to my seat and think very bad things,” said Pochettino.

“But in that moment I hear Jesus’ (Perez assistant manager) voice say, ‘Oh maybe it is offside, VAR is checking’, and in that moment I was alive again.

“I understand the situation on the City bench; from top of the world down, disappointed, that is unbelievable, the emotion we live last night was amazing.

“A very good end for us but I feel sorry when that situation happens because you can be on the other side and it is difficult when that situation happens.

“Last night it was for us, all you can do is enjoy, celebrate, be respectful of the opponent.”

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates at the end of the match during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)