The England captain has played 38 times already for Tottenham – 44 games including England duty – in a congested season and, with a worrying injury history, there are legitimate concerns about his fitness going into the final two months of the campaign ahead of the delayed Euros.
Still, the Europa League is probably still Tottenham’s best chance for a return to the Champions League after losing the north London derby. Mourinho has called on England coach Gareth Southgate not to play the striker in the three upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and before tonight’s game did not get the answer he wanted.
Despite just seven days’ difference between games, Dinamo have fallen into chaos ahead of the second leg after manager Zoran Mamic quit following Croatia’s Supreme Court confirming his nearly five-year prison sentence for tax evasion and fraud.
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Tottenham team news – Kane to start
Harry Kane will start tonight, despite Tottenham’s 2-0 lead from the first leg.
But Spurs will be without Heung-min Son after the forward pulled up with a hamstring injury against Arsenal.
Son’s replacement at the Emirates Stadium, Erik Lamela, is suspended for Sunday’s visit to Aston Villa after being sent off, so can expect to start against Dinamo, with Dele Alli also likely to come in.
Lucas Moura joined Mourinho for Wednesday’s pre-match press conference, suggesting the Brazilian could continue in the front four, which may leave Steven Bergwijn and Carlos Vinicius disappointed again.
Gareth Bale could be rested.
How to watch Dinamo Zagreb vs Tottenham
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 1.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Europa League clash between Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham.
Spurs hold a 2-0 first-leg advantage, but Jose Mourinho is not taking any risks.
Kick-off in Croatia is at 5.55pm GMT.