ottenham have received a major injury boost after Jose Mourinho revealed Harry Kane return is set to return from his ankle injuries next week.
Kane injured both of his ankles against Liverpool last Thursday and he was absent as Spurs slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Brighton on Sunday.
The England captain will also miss Thursday’s clash against Chelsea and the match against West Brom at the weekend, but he is targeting a return to action next week, either against Everton in the FA Cup next Wednesday or against Manchester City in the Premier League next Saturday.
Asked about Kane’s progress, Mourinho said: “Good progress. He’s happy with the progress and of course we’re happy too.
“I think it’s not a very optimistic thing to say that next week he should be playing, I think it will be just a consequence of his good evolution.
“So we’re happy. We were a bit scared when everything happened but now we’re much more positive. Normally next week we play Everton midweek and City at the weekend. I believe for one of these matches he should be back.”
Mourinho started with a front three of Heung-min Son, Gareth Bale and Steven Bergwijn at the Amex Stadium but they were ineffective and he introduced second striker Carlos Vinicius at the interval.
The Spurs manager admitted that it is impossible to replicate the team dynamics without Kane, whoever deputises in the next two or three matches.
“Harry is Harry – it’s not just about creativity, it’s about dynamics,” Mourinho said.
“The team has dynamics that you lose. You lose these dynamics when one player is missing. Everybody knows, every opponent knows, and even so, is not so easy for them to block that connection, to block those dynamics.
“So sometimes it’s not just about being creative, because we have other players that can create attacking situations. It’s more about the dynamics that the team has, the stability that team has, with a certain way of playing.
“Harry is only one, Harry and nobody can replace him in terms of these dynamics.”