Tottenham Hotspur may rest striker Harry Kane for their FA Cup third-round match at home to third-tier Portsmouth on Saturday. The club’s attack currently lacks options due to injuries, assistant manager Cristian Stellini said. He said that forwards Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison and central midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur are all ruled out of the game due to injuries. It could be an opportunity for Kane to rest but we do not have many players, Stellini told reporters on Friday.
There has been a significant increase in injuries for the club as a result of multiple players being out injured. We have to choose the players we have on the front line. We have three strikers at moment and will use them. “Stellini joined the news conference after Tottenham manager Antonio Conte opted out to mourn the death of former Italy striker and Juventus teammate Gianluca Vialli at the age of 58 due to cancer.” Antonio is very upset.
We are close to Vialli’s family, said Stellini. “He was a great player but first of all a great man. He taught us a lot of things, not only when he played but when he spoke. If you know him and the people that know him, only speak well about this great guy. A great leader for Italy.” Forwards Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison and central midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur are all ruled out of the game due to injuries.
As a result, this may cause the side some disadvantages during the match if they decide to keep their star striker out. Despite this possibility, the assistant coach believes the club is in a good bit of form and expects an easy match against their third-tier rivals. However, he also insists that the crucial encounter is not to be taken lightly.