Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane believes he is fit and ready to play in the club’s first-ever UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.
The England international has been absent since early April after picking up an ankle injury in his side’s victory over Manchester City at the competition’s quarter-final stage.
Spurs’ top scorer has been selected in Gareth Southgate’s preliminary England squad for the Nations League this summer, but feels that he could even return to fitness in time to be involved this weekend.
“If the final was today I would be fit to play,” he said, when speaking on Monday. “I feel good. I started to feel my way back with the team at the end of last week.
“There have been no problems so far. For me this week now is to get the fitness as high as possible. Then it's down to the manager. Like I said, I feel good. The manager will assess it and decide whether I'm ready to go or not. But so far, I feel good and ready.
“I did a lot of work on my own to get me into a good place to go back with the team. Since I've been with them, I've been fully training, doing everything. I'm at a place now where I'm ready to go for any game but again, it's down to the manager.”
Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino echoed Kane’s thoughts, and is optimistic that the 25-year-old will be ready to feature in this weekend’s clash with Liverpool:
“I think Harry Kane is in the last week, Friday and Saturday, starting to be involved with the group,” he said.
“Very positive, the situation with him. We have one week ahead to see how he is progressing. It’s so important that he feels well and he’s very positive.
“We’ll see what happens. I cannot say if he’ll be 100 per cent fit or starting, or on the bench or out. But good progression, like [Harry] Winks, [Jan] Vertonghen and [Davinson] Sánchez.”
Following the Champions League final and Nations League matches, Kane and his team-mates will be back in action at the International Champions Cup 2019 in July and August.
Defending champions Spurs will be taking on Serie A winners Juventus in Singapore, fellow English side Manchester United in Shanghai, China, before returning to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Inter in London, England.