Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham "very confident" Harry Kane will return for Real Madrid tie but will wait until last minute

 
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Kane is nearing a return to the Tottenham side (Source: Getty)

Tottenham are "very confident" Harry Kane will pass a late fitness test and play against Real Madrid at Wembley in tomorrow's Champions League tie.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said Kane was nearing a full recovery from the hamstring injury that saw him miss their previous two games but the club will wait until the last moment before giving him the green light.

In the 10 days since Kane limped off at the end of a 4-1 win over Liverpool, Tottenham have been dumped out of the Carabao Cup by rivals West Ham and lost Saturday's crucial Premier League fixture to Manchester United.

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Pochettino hopes to reintegrate his top scorer for the visit of back-to-back European champions Real Madrid but won't risk his fitness.

"We're very confident," said the Argentine.

"He's on the list. Maybe it's possible for him to play but I don't want to say 100 per cent as we have one more day. He trained today but it is important we make the right decision.

"He was training with the group and was good, at the same level as the team."

Spurs, currently joint-top of Champions League Group H with Real, will book their place in the last 16 for the first time since 2011 with a win against Zinedine Zidane's team.

They will be able to call upon Dele Alli who can make his first start in Europe of the season after missing Spurs' opening three games through suspension, while Erik Lamela is in contention having not featured in over a year.

After the set-backs of the last week, Pochettino called on his team to demonstrate the kind of resilience he believes will see them climb alongside Europe's elite.

"I think that is the last step that we need — to be stronger mentally," said Pochettino.

"It's not about running more, doing more sessions, tactical or playing in a different way. I think the last step for us as a group and a club is mental."

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