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Tottenham's star man set to return for Arsenal showdown

Pochettino delighted to have Kane returning
Pochettino delighted to have Kane returning

Harry Kane's chances of returning for the north London derby against Arsenal have received a boost after the striker trained with the Tottenham first team on Tuesday.

Kane has not played for Spurs since injuring ligaments in his right ankle just over six weeks ago but he was seen taking part in full training, without any visible sign of discomfort.

The 23-year-old was rated as 50-50 by manager Mauricio Pochettino to feature against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday, but it has now been confirmed that he will miss that match.

He only did half-sessions with the rest of the squad, however, before separately completing a specific recovery programme on his own. Kane is expected to take part in full training again on Thursday.

"Tomorrow, no, not on the bench," Pochettino said when asked about Kane.

"It's good because you can see him today warming up with the team to be involved in some exercises. But no, for tomorrow he is not ready.

"Sunday? Maybe, maybe."

Toby Alderweireld has also missed the last four matches with a leg injury and Pochettino appeared less optimistic about the defender's chances of featuring this week.

Pochettino at one stage hoped Alderweireld would play against Leicester last Saturday, but the Argentinian admits there have been some "slight problems" with his rehabilitation.

Erik Lamela, who was ill and absent from the 1-1 draw against Leicester on Saturday, was back among the squad.