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kane injury Jose Mourinho refuses to be drawn into war of words with Paul Pogba as Spurs draw at Everton

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Jose Mourinho reacts prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho reacts prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho reacts prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho insisted he "couldn't care less" about Paul Pogba's criticism of him, on a night when his Spurs side saw their hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League take another big hit in a 2-2 draw against Everton.

Mourinho's glum mood was not helped by the sight of Harry Kane limping out of the action just nine days before Tottenham's Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, after his talisman scored two goals at Goodison Park.

The Spurs manager insisted it was too early to speculate on the severity of Harry Kane’s latest apparent ankle injury, but he admitted he was concerned after a game that saw former Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice for Everton.

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Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is substituted off following an injury during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is substituted off following an injury during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is substituted off following an injury during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

"Me too (I am worried)," Mourinho told Sky Sports when asked about Kane angle problem. "I think it is too early to say something.

"For him to leave the pitch (at) 2-2, with a couple of minutes to go, it is obviously because he felt something. But let me be optimistic and believe he has time to recover, let's see.

"The next match is Wednesday (against Southampton), the other is Sunday (in the Carabao Cup final), let's see and let's be positive. We all felt the same fears of something that stops him playing Wednesday and especially Sunday but we will see.

"You know how good he is, how important he is for us. The last two matches at home we drew 2-2 and he scored all four goals. If we don't have Harry we will fight the same."

Tottenham defender Eric Dier admitted it was worrying to see Kane limp off, with the England striker having a history of ankle problems.

"Obviously it is always worrying when you see him limping because he doesn’t fall over easily," stated Dier. "He takes a lot of knocks and gets on with it, but it is obviously early days to say what it is or how bad it is.

"He is a tough boy and he will do as good as he can to be ready."

Mourinho was also quizzed on Pogba's criticism of his management style when he worked under him at Manchester United, with the Sky Sports interview causing a stir as he spoke out against the boss that brought him back to Old Trafford before they fell-out in bitter fashion.

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"What I have now with Ole is different because he wouldn't go against the players," said Pogba. "It's not like you put them on the side and they don't exist any more. I think that's the difference between Mourinho and Ole.

"Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho. Everybody sees that and the next day you don't know what happened.

"That's the strange thing I had with Mourinho. And I can not explain to you because, even me, I don't know."

But Mourinho resisted the chance to snap back at Pogba as he stated: "I couldn't care less with what he says, I couldn't care less. Not interested at all."

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