Jose Mourinho confirms Harry Kane should be fit to face West Ham after Europa League omission, Gareth Bale could also play Premier League derby

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Harry Kane should be fit to play West Ham on Sunday, Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

The top scoring Tottenham striker was left out of the squad for Thursday’s 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsberger, but any fresh injury concerns were played down by his manager.

Kane returned from an ankle injury less than two weeks ago

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Kane returned from an ankle injury less than two weeks ago

Asked if Kane, who returned from an ankle injury less than two weeks ago, will play in east London, Mourinho said: “I believe so. He’s an experienced guy that had injuries in the past. He knows his body better than anyone.

“He knows that I want him to play every minute of every game. So it’s never a question of a choice.

“I wanted to come here with the best team with the players who could give us more opportunities to win the game and to have a good result.

“But he made the decision based on his feelings and his feelings were to play this game could be a risk with the accumulation of minutes after the injury that he had.

“And, of course, myself and the medical department we agreed with him in giving him this opportunity to take care of his condition.

Gareth Bale’s goal and assist against Wolfsberger could earn him a rare Premier League start this weekend

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Gareth Bale’s goal and assist against Wolfsberger could earn him a rare Premier League start this weekend

“But I believe on Sunday he is going to be okay and ready.”

Tottenham coped well without Kane as goals from Heung-min Son, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius put them in a commanding lead heading into the second leg with Wolfsberger.

Bale also registered an assist in an impressive display, before being substituted in the 64th minute.

Mourinho has hinted the Welshman could be involved against West Ham.

“One of the reasons why he left the pitch was to try to have him available for the next match because one of the things that is not easy related to his condition is the accumulation of minutes,” he said.

“So by taking him off at that minute we managed to save him a few miles in his legs and probably, I know the match is Sunday at 12pm, but I believe he has a chance to play the match.

“Let’s wait, he is the kind of player that his experience, his feelings is a very important thing, like Harry Kane, we have to trust these players and their knowledge of their body and their feelings.

“I believe for him it was important for him to play but not play the 90 minutes.”