According to Paul Robinson, who says the Tottenham striker can’t be expected to play three games a week, Jose Mourinho needs to manage Harry Kane ‘s return to the pitch carefully.
Since sustaining a hamstring injury during a 1-0 loss at St Mary’s on January 1 Kane hasn’t featured for Spurs.
The 26-year-old had to undergo surgery on the issue and watched from the sidelines as Tottenham embarked on a miserable run of shape before the season’s coronavirus-enforced break.
Mourinho’s men have failed to win any of their final six games, exiting both the Champions League and the FA Cup along the way, but they still have an external chance to finish in the top four of the Premier League as the campaign resumes.
While in quarantine, Kane has benefited from the extra recovery time and is now back in training with the rest of his team-mates before a huge meeting with Manchester United on June 19.
Robinson, however, has warned Mourinho against rushing back into the fold a prized asset, with a congested fixture list likely to increase the risk of injury.
The ex-Spurs goalkeeper said to Sky Sports: “If Harry Kane can play two or three games a week if he can play 90 minutes on a Saturday and then wait again for another 90 minutes on the following Saturday. It’ll be all about how Jose (Mourinho) handles the situation because you can’t expect a player who after that length of time has been out to be able to come back and play three games a week with all the demands that Premier League puts on you.”
Tottenham is in the top-flight standings in eighth place, seven points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot race. Before turning to a London derby on June 23 against West Ham, if the team secured all three points against United, Mourinho could see his side make up substantial ground on their rivals.