Mauricio Pochettino is planning talks with the Football Association to ensure Harry Kane does not suffer from burnout.
The 21-year-old has developed into a pivotal member of Pochettino’s side at Tottenham over the course of the season having already scored 24 goals and is destined to be called into Roy Hodgson’s senior England squad for the first time later in the month.
Kane has already played 44 games this season, both for Tottenham and England’s Under-21s, and could play up until the end of June if he is included in the squad for the European U21 Championship this summer.
With another packed campaign next year and a potential place in the Euro 2016 set-up, Kane may be playing plenty of football over the next 18 months and Pochettino wants to hold discussions with the FA to make sure fatigue does not become an issue.
“We’ll speak with the FA and Harry and take in the season altogether,” said Pochettino ahead of tonight’s clash with Swansea.
Having lost to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, just three days after crashing out of the Europa League at the hands of Fiorentina, it remains to be seen if Pochettino will make changes as Spurs return to Premier League action. With none of his first-team squad currently out of action, the likes of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele will all hoping for a recall having been on the bench at Wembley.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes has accused his Hull counterpart Steve Bruce of trying to “defend the indefensible” over Maynor Figueroa’s tackle on Stephen Ireland, who is facing two to three weeks out as a result of the challenge. The incident in Saturday’s Premier League clash between the two clubs at the Britannia Stadium, which prompted no action from the officials at the time, left Potters midfielder Ireland with a huge gash in his calf that required “12 to 15 stitches” and will see him out for two weeks.
Bruce suggested on Monday that at the point the challenge was made, Ireland should not have been on the pitch as he should have been sent off himself for earlier making “the worst challenge on the pitch” on David Meyler. The Hull manager also suggested the Figueroa incident had not even warranted a free-kick, adding: “He kicked the ball and followed through and unfortunately has caught his (Ireland’s) leg.”
But Hughes said on Tuesday: “I think Steve has fallen into the trap of trying to defend the indefensible.
“I think everyone has seen the two challenges and I didn’t think there was any comparison whatsoever.”
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