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Harry Kane to miss Leverkusen clash

Press AssociationPress Association 1/11/2016 Tom Allnutt

Harry Kane could return from his ankle injury against Arsenal on Sunday but the Tottenham striker will not be ready to face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Kane has been out for just over six weeks after injuring ligaments in his right ankle and while the 23-year-old has been involved in first-team training this week, he will not play against the German club on Wednesday (Thursday AEDT).

He only did half-sessions with the rest of the squad, however, before separately completing a specific recovery program on his own.

Kane is expected to take part in full training again on Thursday.

Mauricio Pochettino said his top striker will not feature against Leverkusen at Wembley but left open the possibility of a north London derby return against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

"Tomorrow, no, not on the bench," Pochettino said.

"It's good because you can see him today warming up with the team to be involved in some exercises. But no, for tomorrow he is not ready.

"Sunday? Maybe, maybe."

Toby Alderweireld has also missed the last four matches with a leg injury and Pochettino appeared less optimistic about the defender's chances of featuring this week.

Pochettino at one stage hoped Alderweireld would play against Leicester last Saturday but the Argentinian admits there have been some "slight problems" with his rehabilitation.

The Belgian was seen stretching on his own in the gym at Tottenham's training ground on Tuesday before later completing some sprint exercises separately from the rest of the squad.

Erik Lamela has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the squad against Leicester but is still a doubt to face Leverkusen after feeling a problem in his hip on Tuesday.

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