Mauricio Pochettino waiting to see if Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane can recover from illness for Swansea City trip

PUBLISHED: 14:24 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:24 29 December 2017

Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane battle for the ball (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane battle for the ball (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Spurs boss reveals the latest on Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama and discusses the recent improvement in Dele Alli

Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele are doubts for Tuesday’s trip to Swansea City, with the England striker being laid low by illness and the Belgium midfielder suffering a problem with his hip and groin.

Kane has scored hat-tricks in his last two matches of 2017 but could now miss Tottenham Hotspur’s first game of 2018 – although he still has four days to recover before the trip to South Wales.

“He’s ill. He’s cold, like me!” said Pochettino. “The doctor was there at his house, like with all the players when they don’t feel good. We’ll see tomorrow if he can train and be here. But it’s not a big issue.

“Today I don’t know if he’ll be available or not. We’ll see how he reacts to the treatment.”

Dembele has endured a series of injury problems in the last seven months and is now battling another one.

The 30-year-old had surgery on his foot in May and then missed more than a month between September and October with further foot and hip problems.

On Tuesday, Dembele limped off in the 54th minute against Southampton, and Pochettino has now revealed: “He suffered a problem in his hip and groin.

“That’s why asked to get off the pitch. Now we are assessing him. Today he’s not training with the group and he’s another doubt for Tuesday.”

The good news is that Dembele can immediately be replaced by Victor Wanyama, who has returned to full training after more than four months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Asked whether the Kenyan midfielder could face Swansea, Pochettino said: “Maybe, yes. He was involved for the last game and then was out of the squad.

“Now we have a lot of players that can be involved. We’ll see, the decision. It’s good news that he can again be training and is available to be selected.”

With the January transfer window opening on Monday, Pochettino was asked how much Kane would be worth in the current market – given Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is joining Liverpool for £75million.

The Spurs manager replied: “It’s not good to compare. I think Harry has no price because we want him here.

“We can talk about many things but in the end it’s talk [for the sake of] talking because it’s impossible to put a price on him. He’s out of the market.

“For us, [January] is to see if there’s an opportunity to try to improve the squad and to sign some good-quality players. If it’s not possible I’m happy with my squad.”

Pochettino could bolster his ranks by recalling youngsters Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Onomah from their loan spells with Sheffield United and Aston Villa respectively.

He may also consider allowing full-back Kyle Walker-Peters to get some game time elsewhere, given the 20-year-old has only made four senior appearances this season.

But the Argentinian said: “We still don’t decide anything about Cameron, Josh and Kyle Walker-Peters. Still we are waiting. We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks. We have until the end of January to decide.”

In the meantime Pochettino is preparing his squad for Tuesday’s visit to the Liberty Stadium, and he has been encouraged by the form of a rejuvenated Dele Alli, who scored his first goal in 11 matches against Southampton, while setting up another two.

“I think he was good. In the last few games he started to improve, and we started to recognise him as a player who achieved all he achieved in the last few seasons,” said Pochettino.

“For me there’s no doubt about him – about his quality and potential. Only because he’s a young player, sometimes he needs to breathe, he needs to take some time to again perform in the same way.

“Still, from day one when he started to play here at Tottenham and started to achieve all he achieved, I think not another young player his age achieved [that] – I think not Cristiano Ronaldo, not Lampard, not Rooney. These are massive players that we’re talking about, great players, and he achieved more than all those big names.

“The problem is the expectation. You expect from him with every touch and every action that he will make unbelievable things, but sometimes it’s not possible.”

Pochettino has cause for confidence as a new year beckons but, as he looks back over the last 12 months, one moment stands out.

“There are many good memories, but I think the last game at White Hart Lane is my favourite moment from 2017,” he said. “To finish unbeaten in the season, to say goodbye to White Hart Lane, was such an emotional day. That is my favourite day.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs and visit my Facebook page at

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 19:13

Hendon’s Amaranta Chavez has dreams of becoming a world-class rhythmic gymnast and a Just Giving campaign has been created to help her in that quest.

Yesterday, 17:30

Sarries know a win is a must on Saturday if they are to progress to quarter-finals

Yesterday, 15:27

Belgium international has been out since November with a hamstring injury

Yesterday, 12:00

Boro in action at Coles Park on Saturday and Monday

Yesterday, 09:30

Archant London reporters sat down to chat about all the latest transfer news and gossip across north London.

Yesterday, 09:00

In an article from our ‘Year In Sport’ pullout, the next 12 months for Eddie Jones’ men are previewed

Yesterday, 08:00

The Maurice Rebak Stadium club lost 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday, but pushed Billericay Town all the way

Thu, 16:00

Hendon will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Bostik Premier Division as they make the trip to strugglers Needham Market this weekend.


For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now