• By Yann Tear

Two-goal Kane the one player Mourinho admits Spurs cannot afford to rest


Jose Mourinho admits Harry Kane is so invaluable to his side that it is difficult to let him sit out matches to recuperate.

The England striker is another rich vein of form and followed up his weekend double against Palace with a brace against Dinamo Zagreb in Thursday night's Europa League last-16 tie.

That takes him to 26 goals for the season in all competitions but not many in the squad have made as many as the 32 starts Kane has made so far.

He went off early with a sore knee that needed an ice pack, but he should be fine for Sunday's north London derby at Emirates Stadium.

"I gave a rest to many of the players, but with Harry on the pitch it is a different story for us," Mourinho said.

"He is doing everything. He is doing the striker job of scoring goals. The team work of creating space and linking play and the extra work not many strikers do in defence.

"He helps us a lot. He has an incredible number of clearances from crosses and corners. We couldn't be happier.

"Sunday is a match everyone wants to play and little things will not stop him. I don't have the feeling it is anything serious."

Kane's goals - both showing the instincts a lethal predator, ready to snaffle chances that fall in the box - have put Spurs on their way to a quarter-final appearance. They had chances to build an even bigger lead against Dinamo but had to settle for two goals and a clean sheet which puts them very much in the box seat ahead of the return leg in Croatia next week.

"I believe one more goal would be a good reflection of the game and would put us in a much better position," said the Spurs boss. "But before the game if you asked if 2-0 is a good result I would say it is."