Antonio Conte hesitant to drop misfiring Kane ahead of busy schedule

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte said he is not prepared to drop out-of-form striker Harry Kane from the team ahead of a hectic festive schedule, with eight games in all competitions remaining in December.

England captain Kane, 28, was Tottenhamโ€™s top scorer last season but has only one league goal this campaign, which came in the 3-2 win at Newcastle United in October.

โ€˜Important playerโ€™

โ€œTo start a game without Harry now is a bit difficult for me. Honestly, we are talking about an important player for us, an important player for all,โ€ Conte said.

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โ€œI hope to improve the situation, to improve the confidence of all the players and to see that maybe without Harry we can cover the situation – not in the same way, but in a way that can be good to get the three points. Now in this moment, honestly, I donโ€™t see this team starting without Harry.โ€

Tottenham, sixth in the league with 22 points, hosts 19th-placed Norwich City on Sunday.

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