Pochettino: Hat-trick will give Moura confidence ahead of ‘very tough period’

Pochettino: Hat-trick will give Moura confidence ahead of ‘very tough period’

That will give Tottenham hope, but Pochettino will have to prepare to be without the World Cup Golden Boot victor for the run-in, which includes next week's Champions League second leg in Manchester.

Pochettino said he would rotate his squad against Huddersfield due to injuries and fatigue but stressed the importance of picking up three points as Spurs battle to finish in the top four and secure a Champions League spot.

Pochettino did not allude as to whether surgery would be needed but did say Spurs have plans in place for Kane's recovery.

"He was so upset after the match", said Pochettino. "So I'm in a way disappointed, because the result doesn't reflect the way we played today, at all".

When asked if he believes Kane could return this season, the manager said: "We'll see, there is five weeks, it is going to be hard. We need all the players and with confidence it's going to be better".

Pochettino is more optimistic over Alli and while he has not yet ruled the midfielder out of contention for Saturday's home game against Huddersfield Town, it is more likely he returns in time for the second leg against City. "We are going to do everything to recover him as soon as possible".

"He played a lot of games and the reason is not that". We'll see. It was an accident.

And Pochettino would have no problem with allowing Kane to head off to the Nations League in Portugal even if he had not returned for Tottenham.

"We still need to assess and we are optimistic, but there is a percentage of doubt". I'm so happy. Thank you to God and to my team-mates.

"If he wasn't playing football and he wasn't going over on it then I wouldn't do anything about it but every time you turn your ankle you run the risk of lateral ligament damage in the ankle".

"Of course it is a little bit painful because he broke two parts of his hand".

Adding insult to injury, England midfielder Alli fractured his left hand in the City tie and may not be fit to face relegated Huddersfield in a crucial Premier League clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend. Yesterday he saw a specialist and today we will see how he will deal with the situation.

After Huddersfield missed a couple of good second-half chances to get back in the game, Moura wrapped up the points for Tottenham in the 87th when he controlled a pinpoint cross from Christian Eriksen with one foot before using the other to fire past Ben Hamer.

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