Harry Kane ‘really, really tired’ as Antonio Conte says Tottenham star has pulled out of training as Jamie O’Hara fears Spurs are ‘falling off a cliff’


Antonio Conte has revealed Harry Kane was ‘really, really tired’ and ready to feature in their loss to Nottingham Forest.

The striker, who is set to be named in England’s 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar, played 59 minutes of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup defeat at the City Ground, a clash they lost 2-0 .

Kane started the Carabao Cup clash at the City Ground
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Harry Kane 'really, really tired' as Antonio Conte says Tottenham star has pulled out of training as Jamie O'Hara fears Spurs are 'falling off a cliff'
However, he only lasted 59 minutes before being knocked out
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Spurs watched the pace for much of the game with their hopes of ending their trophy drought this season dealt another blow.

With the loss to Forest making them back-to-back defeats and just two wins out of seven for Tottenham, some were quick to criticize the team. But according to Conte, the hectic list of fixtures weighs on the players.

Speaking about Kane after the game, Conte said: “Other players might say to me, ‘I’m tired and I don’t want to play and help the team.’

“When I speak, I have a group of players who are men and then good players, and because of that. Another might be selfish and think for himself because in a week he has to play the World Cup. world.

“Instead, Harry Kane turned out to be a really good man. But so did Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur and Ivan Perisic and Eric Dier, another who played a lot.

When asked if there was an injury issue with Kane, Conte replied: “No, it was a fatigue issue.


Harry Kane 'really, really tired' as Antonio Conte says Tottenham star has pulled out of training as Jamie O'Hara fears Spurs are 'falling off a cliff'
Conte suggested that Kane is running on empty
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“Really, really tired and yesterday we had a gentle training session and at one point he stopped to recover some energy. But he’s fine, it’s just fatigue but it’s just It’s normal because Harry has played all the matches.

“When you have a player like him, it’s hard to decide not to play with him.

“In this situation, even if I wanted to start with another player, it was impossible because of Richarlison’s injuries, Kulu [Dejan Kulusevski] and Lucas Moura, since the start of the season.

“We won’t have Lucas Moura since the start of the season but nobody talks about it. Then two weeks ago, also Sonny [Heung-min Son].

Harry Kane 'really, really tired' as Antonio Conte says Tottenham star has pulled out of training as Jamie O'Hara fears Spurs are 'falling off a cliff'
The physical condition of Conte’s forwards is really starting to affect him
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“Today, honestly, it was really difficult. If Kane said to me ‘coach maybe it’s better that I don’t start today because I’m very likely to get an injury’. But I repeat it’s normal, what happens during her period is really strange.

However, speaking on The Sports Bar, O’Hara was unimpressed: “I don’t know what to say. Tottenham tonight, what’s going on? This cannot go on.

“I’ve been a big fan of Conte, I’m still a big fan of him, but the way we play, the way we approach games and the constant drops from 1-0 or 2-0 down.

“The first half performances are absolutely miles away. I don’t know how I can keep saying “support him” because I’ll end up looking like the idiot.

Harry Kane 'really, really tired' as Antonio Conte says Tottenham star has pulled out of training as Jamie O'Hara fears Spurs are 'falling off a cliff'
There is a lot of work for Conte to do if he is to get his season back on track
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“Right now I keep saying you have to support him, he will win us a competition, win us a trophy, but we came out of the Carabao Cup for Nottingham Forest. It’s not good enough.

“If we make it into the top four, so much the better. Champions League football, well done, but we want a trophy. Tonight is a massive chance to get into the last 16 of a competition where Arsenal are out, Chelsea are out. Great teams have come out and you would think we have a chance and then you are beaten by Nottingham Forest.

“No disrespect, they’re a Premier League side and a decent side, but come on. When you have players like Harry Kane alongside you, you have to win those games.

“You have to set the standard and the standards at Tottenham fall off a cliff. I don’t know what the answer is.

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