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Pogba's head not turned by Real Madrid 'campaign' - Man United boss Solskjaer

Pogba's head not turned by Real Madrid 'campaign' - Man United boss Solskjaer

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Tottenham Hotspur's England striker Harry Kane could be back from injury in time for the Nations League finals in June and will be doing everything possible to recover from his ankle problem, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.

The 25-year-old suffered what the north London club has described as significant ankle ligament damage in a challenge with Manchester City's Fabian Delph in their Champions League quarterfinal clash at Tottenham's new stadium on Tuesday.

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The club have not put a timeframe on Kane's recovery but Pochettino said it would be difficult for him to recover in time to play any part in the rest of the Premier League campaign which finishes in just four weeks' time on May 12.

However, asked if Kane would be ready for the Nations League the Argentine said: "I hope yes. You know his sole focus now and he's going to be so positive. First to help Tottenham and then if it's not possible to help the national team."

England face the Netherlands in their Nations League semifinal on June 6, the day after hosts Portugal play Switzerland, with the final set for June 9 in Porto. England will aim to lift their first major trophy since their 1966 World Cup triumph.

Kane was sidelined for nearly two months in January when he damaged ligaments in the same left ankle in a Premier League defeat by Manchester United at Wembley and was out for a month last season with a similar injury to his right ankle.

Pochettino does not believe his talisman has a weakness in his ankles, though, and puts the injuries down to bad luck.

"For sure it can be an issue because when you suffer once, twice or a third time it's normal you are always going to think that. I don't believe it's going to be a big problem. Hopefully his experience is going to be different in the future," he said.

Kane suffered his latest injury making a strong tackle on Delph near the halfway line but Pochettino does not believe the striker needs to make changes to the way he plays the game.

"He's Harry Kane because he has played like this in the past. Now because of bad luck it has become an issue but he is how he is. I don't believe it's going to be a chronic problem."

Fourth-placed Tottenham have six league games remaining and are a point ahead of rivals Arsenal as they battle for a top four finish and a place in next season's Champions League.

MANCHESTER, England -- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Paul Pogba is focused on Manchester United despite a "campaign" to get the midfielder to Real Madrid.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and midfielder Casemiro have spoken of their admiration for the France international, who has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu in the summer.

But Pogba has a contract at Old Trafford until 2022, and Solskjaer said the 26-year-old had not had his head turned.

"There might be a campaign, there might be press, you never know what there is, but in my talks with Paul he's always been positive," he said.

"I don't see a difference in him when I chat to him. He's focused on performing and he's a proud player. He always gives his best."

After Solskjaer was appointed in December, initially as caretaker manager, Pogba scored 10 goals in 12 games.

He has failed to score in his last eight appearances, but Solskjaer said he was happy with the midfielder's contribution, particularly during the Champions League home defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday.

"I thought first half, we speak about Fred and Scott [McTominay] but I thought Paul made us play, settled us down a bit in the first half especially," he said.

"We just fell away towards the end, but the effort he put in was tremendous.

"He has made a difference for us in a few games, so has Romelu [Lukaku], so has Marcus [Rashford].

"There have been different players in different periods that have made the difference. It's not just about one player. It's not just about Paul.

"He had his highest ever output physically on Wednesday night -- he'd never run as much in a United shirt. That was brilliant. The effort and attitude is there."

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