Harry Kane, the captain of England, struggled to get through a training session prior to Tottenham’s Carabao Cup match against Nottingham Forest, according to Antonio Conte, who also acknowledged that Kane is “very, very tired.”
After a hectic stretch of games on Wednesday night, Harry Kane barely made it through 59 minutes of Tottenham’s 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
On Wednesday night, Nottingham Forest defeated Tottenham 2-0 to send them out of the competition.
After their 2-1 setback to Liverpool on Sunday, Conte fielded a strong lineup for the midweek match, but he was unable to save a second straight loss.
Renan Lodi and Jesse Lingard’s goals gave Forest the victory, and Conte made all five of his changes in the second half.
Kane was replaced as part of a triple substitution in the 59th minute, and the Spurs boss said after the game that if he had other options, he would have rested Kane for the match.
When asked if Kane had an injury worry, Conte responded, “No, it was a matter of fatigue.
Really, really tired. Yesterday (Tuesday), we had a light training session, and he had to stop himself at one point to regain energy.
But he’s fine; it’s just weariness, which is expected given that Harry played every game. It can be challenging to decide not to play with a player like him.
Due to Richarlison, [Dejan] Kuluevski, and Lucas Moura’s season-long injuries, it was also impossible for me to start another player in this scenario.”
Conte was then questioned about Kane’s desire to start the game despite his physical condition and the impending World Cup.
“Other players could be able to say to me, I’m tired and don’t want to play and help the squad,” he suggested.
“This is because I have a lot of men and good players. Harry Kane, on the other hand, proved to be a truly wonderful man.
Another could be selfish and think only of himself because he has to play in the World Cup in one week.
Nevertheless, the same might be said for [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, [Rodrigo] Bentancur, [Ivan] Perisic, and [Eric] Dier, another avid gamer.
We had some serious injuries and had a pretty difficult time getting to the finish line. Now, we work to recuperate from injuries by resting.
Tottenham’s final match before a five-week break for the World Cup is against Leeds United on Sunday, and they’ll be looking to bounce back. Conte is eager for the holiday after a demanding and trying time.