Tottenham bounced back from a north London derby defeat to Arsenal last weekend by winning against Southampton on Wednesday in the Premier League.
Spurs are now up to third in the league table and have some crucial fixtures looming during a hectic December run-in.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side travel to Leicester City on Saturday night for a potentially difficult contest at the King Power Stadium, before a trip to Barcelona just three days later for their final Champions League group stage fixture.
Spurs’ battle for the top four in the league is imperative to the club and all eyes will be on the Leicester fixture, but they can’t ignore the magnitude of the game days later.
Harry Kane is a centre-forward that would love to have a say in both games and is now up to 13 goals already this season across all competitions.
But Pochettino has to pull rank to ensure he gets some form of rest against Leicester so he’s fresh for Barcelona, which could be through playing him for 60 minutes before taking him off.
The England captain has scored seven goals in his last three games against the Foxes and there is no way he will want to miss out, but he was fully involved in the last two games in a short space of time.
Spurs travel to Barcelona knowing they will need a victory to progress to the knockout rounds of the Champions League if Inter Milan beat PSV Eindhoven at home in the other group match.
They can’t afford for Kane not to be at his best if they are to pick up a historic win at Camp Nou, as he’s one of the match-winners in their squad that can make a difference.