Harry Kane was passed fit to start for Tottenham in the north London derby clash against Arsenal, with Thomas Partey featuring for the visitors.
Kane did not travel to Austria as Spurs faced LASK in the Europa League on Thursday, with Jose Mourinho confirming his talisman – who has scored seven goals and set up a further nine in the top flight this season – had an unspecified injury.
Mourinho added that he believed Kane would be fit to face the Gunners on Sunday, and that the issue was not a serious one.
His hunch has been proved right, with Kane leading Tottenham’s line as they looked to return to the top of the Premier League, with Chelsea having leapfrogged them after a win over Leeds United on Saturday.
Kane, who has created 21 chances in total this season and has averaged a league goal every 128 minutes, was aiming to become the leading goalscorer in north London derby history.
𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦: Lloris (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Son, Kane.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 6, 2020
The 27-year-old is tied on 10 goals with Tottenham great Bobby Smith and Emmanuel Adebayor, who played for both Spurs and Arsenal.
Spurs have embarked on a nine-match unbeaten run in the league since an opening-day defeat to Everton – the joint-longest such current run in the division, along with Chelsea, who Mourinho’s team drew 0-0 with at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.
Mourinho, aiming to win his second north London derby, made two changes in total to the side that started against the Blues, with Toby Alderweireld and Giovani Lo Celso replacing Joe Rodon and Tanguy Ndombele.
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, welcomed Partey back into the fold for Arsenal, with the former Atletico Madrid midfielder having not featured since sustaining a thigh injury in a defeat to Aston Villa last month.
David Luiz remained sidelined after his nasty clash of heads with Wolves’ Raul Jimenez last week, with Rob Holding in defence alongside Gabriel and Kieran Tierney.