Tottenham can cope without Kane

16 March 2018 23:31:10 GMTPlus11

Mauricio Pochettino is confident his Tottenham Hotspur side can cope successfully with the absence through injury of striker Harry Kane.

England frontman Kane has been ruled out for the foreseeable future by an ankle ligament problem, although head coach Pochettino expects his star forward to return to action before the end of the domestic season.

It's not an excuse that Harry is now out for a few weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino

But the Argentinian believes he has plenty of options at his disposal to cover for Kane being sidelined, starting with the FA Cup sixth round trip to Swansea City on Saturday.

He told reporters: "For me it's always about the collective effort and skills to win or lose the games.

"Of course we are going to miss Harry because it's obvious that he is one of the best, but in the same way we are calm and relaxed, because we have quality enough to play and win games.

"It's not an excuse that Harry is now out for a few weeks that are not going to have the same mentality and try to win the games like we do with him."

Meanwhile, Pochettino also confirmed that central defender Toby Alderweireld could be involved against the Swans, having returned to training earlier this week after hamstring problems.

Belgium international Alderweireld has made just two appearances since early November, both of which came in the FA Cup, with Pochettino adding: "I need to decide. I still haven't decided if he will be involved or not in the trip to Swansea."

Spurs have claimed five wins and two draws on their seven top-flight visits to Swansea and are 1.44 to win in 90 minutes on Saturday, with the visitors 6.00 to claim a 2-0 victory.

Former City striker Fernando Llorente is priced at 1.90 to score at any time.

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