Kane: I’m ready to help Tottenham secure a Champions League return

Harry Kane believes his enforced rest can help him to finish this season just as strongly as the last one as he aims to help Tottenham Hotspur secure a top-four spot in the Premier League and win the FA Cup as he eyes the Golden Boot.

Kane injured ligaments in his right ankle in March 2017 but returned quickly, missing only three games, and he seemed to benefit from the brief layoff as he scored 11 goals in his last eight games.

He reinjured the ankle last month and, because of the FA Cup and international break, only missed one Premier League game before returning as a substitute during Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Chelsea.

Kane now hopes history will continue to repeat itself when it comes to his goal tally during the run-in.

“Whenever something bad happens in football or life, you have to find the positives,” Kane said. “For me, it was a chance to get a couple of weeks’ break, refresh the other muscles, and get ready for the business end of the season. That’s how I looked at it.

“It could be [that it helps me again]. The injury was pretty much exactly the same time as last year, funnily enough. I was feeling strong [after the injury] last year and that’s what I’ll try [to] do this year.

“Whenever I get injured I prepare right and make sure I do everything I can to get the swelling down and get back on the pitch. I do the right things off the pitch, and I think that’s a big help.

“I didn’t know how quickly I would be back but I went away with one of the physios, did some rehab, and I knew last week it was looking good and I would be able to step it up. Thankfully, I was ready for the game.”

Kane: I'm ready to help Tottenham secure a Champions League return

Kane had not been born when Tottenham secured their previous league victory at Stamford Bridge in February 1990, but he was able to play his part on Sunday.

“It’s a massive win,” he said. “We haven’t won here in a while and I’ve been a part of that, so it was nice to change that history. It was a really exciting game.

“We played well, especially in the second half, and it’s an amazing feeling. It’s great for the fans to come away from this stadium with a win.”

Kane: I’m ready to help Tottenham secure a Champions League return

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