Harry Kane faced Portsmouth because of injury to injured Tottenham

Harry Kane will take charge of Tottenham again in Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Portsmouth.

Kane has started every game for the Spurs this season, but in an ideal world he would be rested for a third-round clash this weekend.

Instead, Kane, who is two goals short of Jimmy Greaves’ all-time record, is a “must-have” option alongside Son Heung-min and Bryan Gil with injuries to Dejan Kulusevski, Lucas Moura and Richarlison.

Richarlison is one of the sidelined

Richarlison is one of the sidelined (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Assistant coach Cristian Stellini said: “It could be an opportunity to give him a rest, but we don’t have many players and selection is mandatory.

“So we have to pick the players we have in the front row. At the moment we have three strikers and we will use them.

“It’s an important game in an important cup and if you want to respect it, you use the players in their positions. We have three at the moment.”

Stellini replaced boss Antonio Conte, who was too nervous to attend a press conference after learning on Friday morning of the death of former Juventus teammate Gianluca Vialli.

Vialli was the first Italian to lead in the Premier League. He first moved to England in 1996 before later taking up the position of player coach at Chelsea.

“Antonio is upset and sad at the moment. Each of us is close to Vialli’s family and all the people who loved him. He is an important person in Italy and also in England,” explained Stellini.

“For us, he was a great player, but most of all, he was a great person. He taught us a lot of things, not only when he played, but also when he talked to everyone.

“If you know him, and people who know him can only speak well of this great guy. He was the great leader of Italy.

Cristian Stellini, left, replaced Antonio Conte at the press conference

Cristian Stellini, left, replaced Antonio Conte at the press conference (Martin Rickett/PA)

“He opened the door for Italian managers because (he) was first and maybe at that point the Premier League was a different country for us for Italian managers. But at this point, the Premier League has grown a lot and has beaten the Italian Serie A.

“Now we have to thank Vialli because he opened this door for everyone.”

Vialli won the FA Cup during his Chelsea managerial spell, a feat equaled by Conte in 2018.

With Spurs in the top four and facing AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16 next month, Stellini insists that England’s biggest domestic cup competition remains high on their agenda.

Antonio Conte lifted the FA Cup while at Chelsea

Antonio Conte won the FA Cup with Chelsea (Nick Potts/PA)

He added: “Everyone is thinking about the next step in the Premier League but we have an important game tomorrow.

“We respect this cup, we talked about trying to win a trophy and tomorrow is an important time to show our desire.

“The FA Cup is an important trophy to fight for.”

Stellini declined to be drawn in the January transfer window but admitted he expected Gil, who has been linked with a return to Spain, to stay at the club this month.

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