Ryan Mason admits Harry Kane ‘running out of time’ ahead of Carabao Cup final

Harry Kane is running out of time to be fit for Tottenham’s Carabao Cup final showdown with Manchester City.

The England skipper was unable to train yesterday as he recovers from his latest ankle injury.

And interim boss Ryan Mason admits he does not know whether he can count on the Premier League’s 21-goal top scorer.

Mason said: “The days are obviously running out. He didn't train with the team. It’s a case of taking it hour by hour now.”

Kane limped off after scoring twice in Friday night’s 2-2 draw with Everton and sat out Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Southampton, but is a famously quick healer.

Asked who will make the final call on his fitness, Mason said: “It’s a combined decision. Harry’s the player, Harry’s the man with that feeling.

“He knows his body better than anyone else in the world. At the moment he’s not on the football pitch. But if he’s fit, he plays. He plays in any team in the world!

"He’s the best No9 in the world in my eyes so if Harry’s fit and he feels like he is fit then of course he’ll play. But at this moment we don’t know if he will be fit.

"We’ll be a lot clearer in the morning, we’ll be a lot clearer tomorrow. But I can’t answer the question in terms of will he play or will he not."

Any recurrence of his injury could put Kane’s participation in the Euros in doubt.

But Mason said: “What Harry is not going to do is put his body on the line. We are never going to put Harry in that position, absolutely not.”

Mason also insists Spurs are more than just "the Harry Kane team" – a famous line once trotted out by City boss Pep Guardiola.

He said: "I think when you’ve got one of the best players in the world you can say that.

"If I think of Barcelona with Messi, think of Real Madrid with Ronaldo, guys who are posting up crazy numbers and scoring and creating big moments in the big games I think it’s normal your mind thinks they’re the most important players.

"But we’re a team, we’re a team, a squad, a group of players where whoever is out on that football pitch needs to come together, need to fight for each other and compete to get a positive result.

"Of course, if you have one of the best number nines in the world there, getting on the end of things and creating moments, people will talk but, no, it’s a combined effort of everyone involved, that’s for sure."

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