Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho fears for Harry Kane’s fitness amid thigh injury as Gareth Southgate plans to start the striker against Denmark
- Tottenham fear Harry Kane will aggravate his thigh injury against Denmark
- England boss Gareth Southgate plans to start the Spurs striker despite injury
- Kane was already risked for the final 25 minutes in the 2-1 victory over Belgium
- Sportsmail understands Kane carried a thigh problem into the England fixtures
Southgate will put himself on a collision course with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho if Kane suffers any ill-effects on Wednesday night. The England boss has already risked angering the Portuguese boss by introducing Kane for the final 25 minutes of the 2-1 win over Belgium on Sunday.
Speaking after the match, Southgate tried to head off any controversy by insisting Kane was only suffering from muscle fatigue.
Tottenham fear Harry Kane will aggravate his thigh injury if he starts against Denmark
England boss Gareth Southgate plans to start Kane after risking him for 25 minutes vs Belgium
However, Sportsmail understands Kane carried a thigh problem into the current set of England fixtures. Spurs and Mourinho are concerned about the welfare of their prolific striker ahead of his scheduled return on Thursday.
Mourinho asked Southgate to be careful with his players — particularly Kane — during England’s triple-header, which culminates with a Nations League game against the Danes tomorrow.
But Southgate intends to start his skipper and said: ‘Medically, there have been conversations (with Tottenham), because that would always be the case.
‘He reported Sunday (October 4) and we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren’t involved in the Wales game, two days’ recovery. He started to train on the Wednesday and was a little unhappy with how he felt, so he worked with our medical team for the next couple of days.
‘We scanned just to be certain, but it’s a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so it just needed a bit more confidence.
Jose Mourinho asked Southgate to be careful with his players during England’s triple-header
‘He knew by then he could push on a little bit, but he just needed more confidence in it, so his training week really wasn’t suitable to start the Belgium game.
‘All being well, he’ll be good to start Wednesday.’
Southgate does not intend to make wholesale changes to his side but the England manager has vowed not to start any player in all three of October’s matches — Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Kieran Trippier are the only players to start both games so far.
Southgate will also check on Jordan Henderson’s availability after the Liverpool captain’s first outing since September 20 on Sunday.
Speaking about the belief garnered by world No 1 nation Belgium, Southgate added: ‘We are not saying there isn’t room to improve but they should get a feel of what might be possible as a group over the next few years because there is so much youth in the team.’