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‘There is not a striker in the squad,’ says Mourinho of Kane-less Spurs


Tottenham Hotspur’s Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho (L) consoles Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (R) as he leaves the pitch having picked up an injury during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Tottenham at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 1, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho asks that you not sour his mood with Harry Kane talk.

“If I speak too much about Harry, I get a bit depressed and then you are going to say he is miserable and in a bad mood,” Mourinho quipped on Friday.

Kane will be out until at least April after tearing a tendon in his hamstring.

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Mourinho has not dismissed the idea of adding players this month. He expected little-to-no action before Kane was injured, but losing a player of his caliber changes things.

Spurs have been linked with Krzysztof Piatek of AC Milan, but Mourinho admits that the January market is very difficult and he shouldn’t expect much help.

He did, however, lay out the dire nature of the situation regarding Spurs strikers.

“We don’t have another one. There is not a striker in the squad. We have only one, he is not fit, we don’t have another one. ... You know that you cannot play like we normally play when Harry Kane is not in the team. The only thing I can tell you is that of course we cannot do the same way as with Harry.”

Spurs are preparing for a visit from unbeaten Liverpool on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via

You’d be a bit naive to think Mourinho won’t use Kane’s absence as a reason to pack it in against the Reds. That said, that may not be the play to beat Liverpool this season and Mou knows his stuff. We’ll have our eyes peeled for the XI.