Mauricio Pochettino is set to rest Harry Kane for their Europa League game against Anderlecht, citing concerns over the player's fitness after he picked up a knock in their 0-0 draw against Liverpool last weekend. Spurs are a bit stifled in attack, with Nacer Chadli and Son Heung-min both out for at least three weeks after picking up injuries during the course of the campaign.
Tottenham have Arsenal and Chelsea to contend with next month and Pochettino is unwilling to risk his best players in order to keep them fit for the Premier League, where they have already pulled off a major upset over Manchester City in recent weeks. Tottenham have not lost a single game since losing 1-0 to Manchester United courtesy of a Kyle Walker own goal, but the Liverpool display confirmed that the north London club need more ammunition up front to mount a concerted challenge for big honours.
Spurs only have Clinton Njie as a possible option up front, but the summer signing has done little so far to warrant a consistent starting place, which makes it all the more important for Pochettino to protect Kane. The England international is likely to start on the bench against the Belgian club and be brought on later in the game if required.
When asked if Kane will be rested for the game, Pochettino is quoted as saying by the Telegraph: "Yes, maybe. We need to assess it because at the end of the Liverpool game Harry had a small problem and it's a big test for him to play from the beginning [against Anderlecht] or start on the bench."
Pochettino also hinted that Spurs may be looking to invest in the squad come January, where a striker would be on top of their list of possible recruits. The north London club failed with a bid for Saido Berahino and may look to move back in for the West Bromwich Albion striker if the situation permits.
"It's normal, we need to manage it in a very good way, assess it and analyse every single detail to try to keep the level of the team. The players all want to play and after the game I will decide if they were wrong. We do have Son and Nacer Chadli who can play as a striker but only Njie and Kane are available. If we arrive in January and we believe we need to sign some players we will decide. Today I'm happy with the squad we have," he added.