‘Even if he has one leg’ – Conte reveals why Spurs talisman Kane ‘has to play’ against Burnley

Antonio Conte says Harry Kane ‘has to play’ for Tottenham as the north Londoners travel to face Burnley in the Premier League tomorrow.

Kane produced a sensational performance as Spurs secured a shock 3-2 win at Manchester City last weekend, scoring twice – including a dramatic stoppage-time winner – as Conte’s side upset the Premier League champions at the Etihad.


The win ended a run of three consecutive losses and breathed new life into Spurs’ push for a top four finish, though Kane sustained a knock to his back during the clash with City.

Asked whether the England captain was fit to feature against Burnley, Conte admitted Kane’s importance was such that he ‘has to play’ even with doubts over his fitness.

“Harry had a hit on his back but he has to play,” Conte told his pre-match press conference.

“Even if he has one leg, he has to play. He is good. Harry knows his importance to the team.”

Conte provided an update on the fitness of his squad, confirming that both Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga remain out despite nearing returns.

Sergio Reguilon could return, however, after the left-back missed the win at Manchester City after testing positive for Covid-19.

“Skipp and Tanganga, they are recovering. They’re not ready, they’re still not ready for the game against Burnley.

“Sergio Reguilon was in the training session yesterday he wasn’t present and we’ll see today.

“I think the situation is the same after the last game. We hope they can all recover soon.”

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