Harry Kane and Dele Alli could feature for Spurs against Newcastle after returning to training but Mauricio Pochettino will not risk players’ fitness
- Harry Kane and Dele Alli returned to training with Tottenham Hotspur on Monday
- Their game at Newcastle comes just five days after the end of their break
- Tottenham’s Belgian contingent of World Cup heroes also returned to training
Mauricio Pochettino is not ruling out England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli for Saturday’s season opener at Newcastle.
The star pair — along with fellow England stars Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Eric Dier — reported for duty after their involvement in England’s uplifting run to the World Cup semi-final.
And despite the game at St. James’ Park being just five days away, manager Pochettino is ready to include key-men Kane and Alli in the travelling party.
World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris catches up with Harry Kane before training on Monday
Toby Alderweireld (L) talks with Belgium team-mates Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele (R)
Tottenham’s World Cup heroes have a laugh as they look to try and get back their match fitness
Kane is eager to play some part against the Magpies, while Alli could also have some involvement against Newcastle.
Both have intimated that they are keen to play some part this weekend.
Pochettino will assess his returning stars — which also include Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen — before making a final decision on who will be available.
The Argentine, though, insists he will not gamble with any of his players’ fitness.
England full backs Danny Rose (C) and Kieran Trippier (R) enjoy their return to training
Midfielder Eric Dier gets back to business with a reactions test after returning to training
Mousa Dembele (left) and Dele Alli (right) get back to pre-season training with Tottenham
‘Always we need to assess them. We will see on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday then Thursday and Friday to take a decision for the team,’ said Pochettino.
‘If some players are ready, of course we are going to use them but we are not going to take some risks because sometimes for one game, you lose the players for one month or two months and that is (why it’s) so important to be clever in the decisions that we are going to take.’
Meanwhile, midfielder Mousa Dembele has rejected a £20million move to Inter Milan.
Trippier takes part in some mobility training while Dier (back) gazes out onto the pitch below
Vertonghen practises his balance after returning to training for the first time this summer
The 31-year-old has one year left on his contract but has turned down the Serie A giants to remain in North London, despite falling down the pecking order under Pochettino.
Dembele, who was part of the Belgium squad at the World Cup in Russia, started 21 matches last season in the Premier League but saw Victor Wanyama picked ahead of him in the latter stages.
The Italians have already signed Radja Nainggolan from Roma this summer and wanted to pair him with Belgian team-mate Dembele next season.
Dembele is still one of the stand-out performers in the Premier League but he is understood to be looking to wind down his career as he struggles with the physical demands of the English season.
Dele Alli (left) and Spurs captain Lloris (right) play around in training on Monday afternoon