Tottenham Hotspur go into their last-16 Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday night confident that Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be fully fit for the second leg in three weeks.
Such has been the remarkable rate of Kane’s recovery, after he suffered ankle ligament damage in mid-January, that he is around eight or nine days from being fit and is even likely to feature against Burnley in the Premier League a week on Saturday.
The striker, who has a reputation as a quick healer and has worked astonishingly hard to recover, is significantly ahead of his scheduled return in March and, crucially, is fully refreshed, having had a break in the United States, where he attended the Super Bowl.
It means Kane could also play against Chelsea and Arsenal in the league before facing Dortmund, while Alli, who is back training in the gym, is expected to recover from his hamstring injury for the return leg of this finely-poised tie against the Bundesliga leaders, who are five points clear of champions Bayern Munich.
“We feel so good as a team, so strong,” said Jan Vertonghen, the Tottenham defender. “We know a couple of the guys will come back after the first leg as well. It’s a tough fixture for us but we’ve shown last year we can beat everyone.