Mourinho confirms Son return from injury, avoids Kane speculation
Son Heung-min © Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho announced on Friday that forward Son Heung-min has recovered from his injury ahead of the club’s Premier League match against Newcastle United on Sunday, but he remained tight-lipped about Harry Kane’s future at the club.

Son, who has 13 goals and nine assists in the Premier League this season, was forced to leave last month’s derby defeat at Arsenal due to a thigh injury that stopped him from going on international duty.

“He was injured, trained with the team fully this morning,” Mourinho told reporters.

“He did partial exercises with the team yesterday and last week didn’t train at all. This time we have (Matt) Doherty and Ben Davies out. Sergio Reguilon is ready.”

Kane has been linked with a number of clubs despite having a deal with Spurs until 2024.

Mourinho, on the other hand, declined to be drawn into a debate about England striker Harry Kane’s latest remarks on international duty, in which he said leaving Spurs to win titles was a “tough question to address.”

“I cannot play that game. I have to focus on what he is for us,” Mourinho said.

“I can only focus on what he does for us and the effort he put in for us at (Aston) Villa, the effort he put in for England, and the match at Newcastle and whether playing well or not, he will be there for the team.

“I want Harry to be with us what he has been… the same commitment, desire and leadership.”

Spurs are currently in sixth position in the Premier League, three points behind the top four and Champions League qualification.

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Mourinho, on the other hand, dodged a query about whether Spurs would be considered a failure this season if they do not qualify for Europe.

“I don’t want to speak about that possibility because I don’t want to be pessimistic and try to anticipate scenarios and evaluate the season before it’s finished,” he said.

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