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Kane could boost Spurs with early return to action

Harry Kane is one of five Tottenham players missing for Tuesday's crunch Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow - but the striker could return from injury earlier than expected.

Kane sustained an ankle ligament injury against Sunderland eight days ago and has been left out of the trip to Russia, along with Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

Kane is on course for an early comeback. Credit: PA

It means Spurs are under-strength for their crunch test in Moscow but manager Mauricio Pochettino said there was better news regarding Kane.

The striker was initially feared to be facing around eight weeks on the sidelines but it is understood it could now be closer to six, raising hopes the 23-year-old could play in the north London derby against Arsenal on November 6.

"Half an hour ago, we received the information about the scan. It's much, much better than we expected," Pochettino said.

"We are happy, it was very positive, the scan. We're very, very happy about this news but still we cannot give a time of how long it'll be to recover.

"I am not a doctor, it's hard to say one, two, three weeks, but it's much, much better than we expected."

Five Spurs players miss trip to Moscow

Five Spurs stars will be missing from their trip to Moscow to play CSKA, manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed.

Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko didn't travel to the Russian capital ahead of the Champions League clash on Tuesday.


Son: Tottenham fans are seeing the best of me

Son Heung-Min has scored four goals in four appearances for Tottenham this season. Credit: PA

Heung-Min Son says that Tottenham fans are finally seeing the best of him on the pitch after four goals in as many appearances this season.

The South Korea international scored both goals in Spurs' 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday, after netting twice in a 4-0 rout of Stoke City earlier this month.

I feel very good now - I felt very good last season as well but I got injured.

Last season was my first in the Premier League and now I want to do better.

It's not finished - I look forward and will work hard every day for Tottenham.

– Son to Tottenham's official website

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