Tottenham will be without five first-team players for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow but a latest scan has revealed Harry Kane could return earlier than expected.
Kane sustained an ankle ligament injury against Sunderland eight days ago and has been left out of the trip to Russia, along with Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.
Dembele, Dier and Rose are all recovering from hamstring problems while Sissoko is being treated for concussion after taking a bang to the head against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
It means Spurs are under-strength for their crunch test in Moscow but manager Mauricio Pochettino said there was better news regarding Kane.
The striker was initially feared to be facing around eight weeks on the sidelines but it is understood it could now be closer to six, raising hopes the 23-year-old could play in the north London derby against Arsenal on November 6.
“Half an hour ago, we received the information about the scan. It’s much, much better than we expected,” Pochettino said.
“We are happy, it was very positive, the scan. We’re very, very happy about this news but still we cannot give a time of how long it’ll be to recover.
“I am not a doctor, it’s hard to say one, two, three weeks, but it’s much, much better than we expected.”