Kane ready for yet another clash with Leicester

Jamie Vardy (left) being fouled by Bournemouth's Simon Francis, who was sent off. But Leicester missed the penalty and the game ended 0-0.
Jamie Vardy (left) being fouled by Bournemouth's Simon Francis, who was sent off. But Leicester missed the penalty and the game ended 0-0.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Harry Kane believes Tottenham's FA Cup meeting with Leicester will provide only limited clues to the outcome of today's Premier League clash between the clubs.

Claudio Ranieri's Leicester will return to White Hart Lane just four days after Kane's last-minute penalty saved Tottenham from an early exit from the competition and set up a replay at the King Power stadium next week.

Both sides made changes for the Cup clash, with Kane making his late contribution after appearing as a second-half substitute.

The England forward will return to Mauricio Pochettino's starting line-up for a game that could see Spurs, sitting in fourth spot, move to within one point of Leicester, who have maintained their impressive start and go into the latest round of matches in second place.

Said Kane: "I think it will be a different game in the Premier League. Both teams are near the top of the table so we're looking forward.

"This was a little taster and now we play them on Wednesday and the week after. We'll have seen enough of them by then! Hopefully we'll take some points off them."

Dele Alli, who yesterday signed a new deal that will keep him at White Hart Lane till 2021, Hugo Lloris; Erik Lamela; and Jan Vertonghen will join Kane in returning to the line-up.

Kane's England team-mate Jamie Vardy hopes to return to the Leicester line-up just eight days after undergoing surgery on a groin injury but faces a late test on his fitness.

The 29-year-old sat out the FA Cup game between the sides as he recovered from the minor procedure but returned to training on Monday, albeit in a limited role.

Ranieri was due to assess Vardy's fitness yesterday. "He is getting better," the Italian said.

"On Tuesday I'll check. I think he could be available."

Having made eight changes for the Cup fixture, Ranieri is expected to restore the majority of his Premier League regulars today.

He confirmed that N'Golo Kante, who was substituted at half-time on Saturday after showing signs of fatigue, will be fit.



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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2016, with the headline 'Kane ready for yet another clash with Leicester'. Print Edition | Subscribe