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Tottenham receive huge injury boost ahead of Champions League final

Mirror logo Mirror 4 days ago Matt Maltby
Soccer Football - World Cup - England Training - Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 13, 2018   England's Harry Kane during training   REUTERS/Lee Smith © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - World Cup - England Training - Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 13, 2018 England's Harry Kane during training REUTERS/Lee Smith

Harry Kane will be named in England's Nations League Finals squad on Thursday, a boost for Tottenham and their hopes to have him fit for the Champions League final next month.

The striker is currently struggling with an ankle ligament injury but, despite not playing for Tottenham in over a month, has stepped up his return to full fitness.

After captaining the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals last summer, the 25-year-old is in a race to be fit in time for Tottenham's European encounter with Liverpool and a shot at silverware in Portugal with his country the following week.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Kane has been out of action since sustaining what Spurs called "a significant lateral ligament injury to his left ankle" in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Manchester City five weeks ago.

But the striker has been making good progress in his rehabilitation and, as Harry Kane to be in England squad as Gareth Southgate names initial group , is set to be named in the Nations League squad named by Gareth Southgate at Wembley on Thursday afternoon.

Dele Alli, Harry Kane are posing for a picture: Harry Kane is bidding to play in the Champions League final © Getty Images Harry Kane is bidding to play in the Champions League final Spurs team-mate Harry Winks' case appears less cut and dry following groin surgery at the end of April, but England do have some time on their side given they do not have to submit their final 23-man squad to UEFA until May 27.

It is understood that a standby list will not be named for the finals, with Southgate instead plumping for a slightly larger provisional group.

England Under-21s' preparations for the European Championship is partly behind that, while preparation time rather than injuries appears Southgate's biggest headache given UEFA's staggering scheduling.

a group of people playing football on a field: Tottenham stunned Ajax in the semi-finals to book a final showdown with Liverpool © Getty Images Tottenham stunned Ajax in the semi-finals to book a final showdown with Liverpool

Their semi-final against Holland on June 6 come just five days after Spurs take on Liverpool in the Champions League final, which could involve as many as 10 players named in Thursday's squad.

They will have to hotfoot it to Portugal after the final, as will the likes of Chelsea midfielders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley following the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku on May 29.

England boss Southgate said last week: "I think we have always had the understanding that this could happen and we need to keep all of our players physically ready for our tournament in the summer.

a group of people watching a football ball: Kane will be named in England's Nations League Finals squad © Credits: Action Plus via Getty Images Kane will be named in England's Nations League Finals squad

"It is just making sure the players we are working with are as prepared as they can be. Then we will fit those other players back into the programme when they arrive back with us.

"We won't have long before our matches but actually we are used to that as with our international weeks we only get two or three days' preparation.

"Although you would like more for a semi-final, and we could have had more, we haven't and we have just got to deal with that."

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