Harry Kane, according to Glenn Hoddle, must not rush back from his last injury, even if this means that he misses the climax of the Tottenham season and the European championship this summer with England.
Kane has been out of action since New Year’s Day when he tore a tendon in his left hamstring in Southampton.
The striker was operated on to reattach the tendon and it is thought that he can train again in April to be fit for the last few games of the season in May, and then be ready to lead England on Euro 2020 in June.
Harry Kane intended a play return in April after surgery on his hamstring
But former Spurs and England manager Hoddle urges the captain of Three Lions to take extra time to recover from this final setback, his fifth serious injury in consecutive seasons.
Kane returned in time from a long-term dismissal with an ankle injury to the Champions League final last June, but seemed far from fit and shortly thereafter was also below par in the final of the Nations League in England.
“It is very difficult for me to judge things from outside the medical side, but the only thing I would like to say is that you first have to make a mistake about safety.
‘If you do something like that, where the (tendon) came off the bone, you have to be wrong about safety and if you think you’re ready, give yourself an extra month. That is what I would say, because he still has a wonderful career ahead of him and he does not want that (injury) to continue to get it back from now until the end of his career. I think that’s really what he has to arrange in his head. “
The Tottenham captain suffered his last injury while playing Southampton in January
Hoddle spoke during a screening of ‘Greavsie’, a film released this week (18th) on BT Sport on the occasion of Friday’s 80th birthday of Jimmy Greaves, the Spurs legend who scored 266 goals for the club and 44 for England . Kane is pursuing both records, with 175 for Tottenham and 32 for England, and Hoddle says that only injuries can overtake the current Spurs striker.
“You can’t compare them as players because they have totally different styles, but it’s within Harry’s reach. The most important thing is injuries and he is currently overcoming them. It is important that he does not mess that up. He must ensure that it is 100 percent good for the future. “
Kane has been plagued by a series of serious injuries in recent seasons
Hoddle also believes that Kane’s ability to beat Greaves’ club record also depends on whether he will stay with Tottenham for the long term. “It depends on how long he stays in the club. He must be realistic to achieve that amount (266 goals), he will probably have to stay another five or six years.
‘Is that going to happen? We will wait and see. Only Harry and the club would know, but he has a record in sight and I never thought I’d say that about a Spurs player, so that’s all a tribute to Harry Kane. And of course there is England too, and it’s great that these two are from Tottenham. “
Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle wants Kane to take his time so that he returns to full health
Hoddle believes that it deserves wider recognition for his record-breaking performance as a player and “second” career as a TV star after overcoming alcoholism, for a devastating stroke five years ago. Greaves has always been overlooked by the honors system, but Hoddle supports Mail’s campaign to “get Greavsie Gong” and says knighthood would not be undeserved.
‘Why not? I think that would be fantastic, “Hoddle said. ‘Remember that he also had another career on TV, where he was excellent. It was a lot of fun and he bought a lot of smiles on the faces of many people. “
But it was on the field where Greaves was unparalleled, and Hoddle compares him to Lionel Messi in the modern game. “He was an absolute genius in scoring goals, but there was more to it. He could beat people, he was so fast-paced, like Messi.
‘We all remember the dribbles and beautiful goals he scored, but I remember that finish with one or two keys. They are the hallmark of genius and you cannot coach that. That is instinct, a gift that has been given by God.
Hoddle also had a lot of praise for the goals of Jimmy Greaves
‘You could close your eyes and know when Greavsie got the ball – there was a buzz, an expectation that something would happen. He had that flair and it brought people to the edge of their seats. He was an absolute genius, no doubt about it. “
Greaves won the FA Cup twice with Spurs and Hoddle thinks his old club has a chance to win again this year, now that Jose Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino.
“One of the things that focused on Spurs in the Pochettino era was the lack of silverware, but now they have Jose Mourinho who is a serial trophy winner. So he’s the right man for Daniel (Levy) to come in and I think you now have the right jockey on the horse. It does not mean that the horse wins every time, but at least you give yourself the best chance of winning. ”