According to Mourinho, Harry Kane could return ahead of Tottenham’s schedule. The striker is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery on his hamstring.

Mourinho had initially hoped the 26-year-old striker would return for a couple of games before the end of the season.

On Friday, he said, “I would say he is a little bit ahead. It gives me hope that instead of one or two matches, it’s three, four, five.”

Kane had surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his hamstring. He sustained the injury in the defeat by Southampton on New Year’s Day. The England captain is expected to return to training in April, two months before Euro 2020 begins.

Kane is a key player for club and country. Mourinho’s words will raise hopes that the striker can return before the end of the campaign and feature for England at UEFA Euro 2020.

Tottenham faces a battle to secure UEFA Champions League football for next season. They are sixth in the table but just four points off fourth with 11 games left to play.

England’s manager, Gareth Southgate will also be hoping to have Kane available for the summer to boost his side’s chances at the European Championship. Kane has 32 goals in 45 caps for his country and was the top scorer in qualifying with 11 goals.

Mourinho was also hopeful of seeing the injured Son Heung-min return before the summer. The South-Korean International had surgery on a broken arm. He suffered the injury in a 3-2 win against Aston Villa earlier this month with the club declaring he would be sidelined for a “number of weeks.”

On Son’s Mourinho said, “I cannot imagine when, but there is a good possibility before the end of the season we have Sonny and Harry playing together.”

Spurs will not take risks with Harry Kane’s fitness

Despite Kane’s return ahead of schedule, Mourinho says Tottenham will not take risks with the striker’s recovery from the injury.

Kane will not take any shortcuts in his recovery and Mourinho said the situation is different from when the forward recovered from an ankle injury to start when Spurs lost to Liverpool in the champions league final last season.

“I would play only with one leg if I was a player and I was playing in a Champions League final.” Said Mourinho.

“With crutches. How can you stop a player playing in a Champions League final? There are some matches where protocols mean nothing. I think it isn’t the case to blame Harry or medical departments.”