Tottenham Hotspur have struggled for consistency at the start of the season and their form in the Champions League has left a lot to be desired.
The Lilywhites enter October’s international break fifth in the Premier League standings, behind arch-rivals Arsenal on goal difference, while their European campaign risks going up in smoke after back-to-back defeats.
Things have not been made any easier by a vast array of injury issues that have swept their way through Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Spurs will be concerned about star-man Harry Kane during the next two weeks.
Kane has featured in all of Tottenham’s eight Premier League games so far this season and, despite venturing deep into the World Cup with England, has missed just two minutes of the domestic campaign.
The Three Lions skipper has also played the entirety of Tottenham’s Champions League clashes with Barcelona and Inter Milan, with the only action he has missed being the EFL Cup victory over Watford in Milton Keynes.
While the 25-year-old has scored four goals in his past four games to quieten talks of the forward suffering from burnout, the danger of Kane picking up an injury issue is very real – and Spurs must hope that Gareth Southgate does them a favour.
England face UEFA Nations League tests against Croatia and Spain in the next two weeks, so Spurs may not get their wish.