Free-scoring Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been ruled out of Saturday’s game at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

The Guardian reports that the striker has had scans on what turned out to be a minor strain to his left hamstring.

Reports had suggested that the striker may have featured but Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs cannot afford to risk the Englishman.

For tomorrow, we cannot take a risk. It’s a minor injury, very small, but we cannot take a risk. We’ll see after for Wednesday against Real Madrid. Tomorrow, it’s impossible.

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Kane has netted 17 goals in his past 13 games across all competitions.

The forward is likely to be fit enough to return to action when Real Madrid arrive at Wembley in the Champions League.

The striker was seen clutching his leg after he substituted during Spurs’ 4-1 win over Liverpool last weekend.

Kane’s injury means Fernando Llorente is likely to be the man tasked with leading the line against Jose Mourinho’s men.

Thanks to the early kick-off, Spurs could temporarily close the gap between themselves and Manchester City to just two points with a win on Saturday.