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Thomas Tuchel makes Harry Kane admission but has his own striker issue ahead of Chelsea vs Spurs

Thomas Tuchel has said it will be “easier” for Chelsea to take on Spurs without Harry Kane but that they are only assuming the striker will not feature on Thursday.

Influential Spurs frontman and captain took knocks to both ankles in against Liverpool and was expected to be out for a “few weeks” according to Jose Mourinho post-match when asked about the striker’s fitness.

Kane has scored 12 goals and bagged 11 assists so far this season for Spurs, who sit one place above the Blues in the table with a game in hand but are on a dire run of form of just three wins in their last ten games.

Mourinho will give his Spurs team news at his own press conference on Wednesday but Kane is expected to be out, having also missed the 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Sunday.

Tuchel was asked about the expected absence of the England striker for Thursday’s visit to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and admitted that he is a big fan of Kane but should he not play on Thursday, it would be most welcome.

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“I would say it’s always easier if Harry Kane is not playing, that is a given,” Tuchel said at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.

“Harry Kane is one of the best number nines in the world, a role model number nine that every coach and team wishes for.

“We assume at the moment he will not play but we will assume everything.”

One of Tuchel’s own strikers, Timo Werner, remains in the spotlight having netted just once in his last 16 matches for the club.

Werner was given the start against Burnley last time out and missed a very presentable chance in the first half to continue his barren run in front of goal.

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