Teddy Sheringham has urged Tottenham Hotspur to be ‘very careful with Harry Kane’ ahead of his imminent return from his latest injury setback.
The England international has declared himself fit for this weekend’s Champions League final against Liverpool after almost two months on the sidelines following the ankle injury he picked up against Man City in April.
While Mauricio Pochettino has said he won’t risk Kane unless he is sure he is fit, former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham has warned the 25-year-old striker that he could ‘ruin his career’ by constantly rushing himself back to fitness following his repeated ankle injuries.
“I think you have to be very careful with Harry Kane now, for his career,” Sheringham told betstars.uk.
“I think he’s been rushed back too soon before. Whenever he’s had his ankle injuries in the past, he’s always been rushed back very quickly to be involved in the next Tottenham or England game. Those around Harry have to be very careful not to ruin his career by playing him too soon.
“If he keeps going over on his ankles, they are going to get weaker and weaker. I don’t know how bad this injury is now, or whether he could have played in the final game of the Premier League, but for him to rush back now for the UEFA Champions League Final if there’s a doubt about his fitness, would be a wrong move for Tottenham, and Harry Kane especially.”
Asked if he ever experienced a similar situation during his playing days, Sheringham admitted that while he was never totally 100% fit, Kane’s repeated ankle injuries mean he needs to take extra caution.
“I think when you play for so many years you are never quite 100% fit. There is always some kind of niggle that you are nursing from the previous game,” Sheringham added.
“Harry Kane doesn’t have to be 100% to play, but considering his ankle injuries, if I were Pochettino, I would have to put him at 97% fit for him to play. I wouldn’t risk him if he was even 90% fit for the UEFA Champions League Final.
“He’ll still be worried about his injury. It’s such a risky injury to deal with. I had a bad ankle injury at 21 or 22 years old, and it didn’t go away for the best part of six or seven months.”
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