Gareth Bale starts and Lucas Moura key – How Tottenham could look with or without Harry Kane in the Carabao Cup final

Tottenham Hotspur face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final and there is one name on the lips of their fans. Harry Kane.

Will he be fit? Will he be on the bench? Or will his mystical healing powers see him able to start the game at Wembley, which you can hear live on talkSPORT.

Kane sustained an ankle injury during Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Everton last week

In any other week, Spurs would have been the talk of European football having sacked Jose Mourinho – one of the greatest managers in history – six days before a cup final.

Not only was the Portuguese despatched after a fire run of results, which included an embarrassing European exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb, he was replaced on an interim basis by a Spurs hero.

Ryan Mason, 29, became the Premier League’s youngest ever manager when he led the team to a 2-1 victory over Southampton.

A former player, who saw his career ended by injury three years ago, has embarked on a coaching career and is now in temporary charge until the end of the campaign.

Mourinho was Spurs boss for 17 months

He will lead Spurs out at Wembley on Sunday but even after all of that – and the European Super League sideshow – the big story remains.

Will Harry Kane be fit for the Carabao Cup final?

It will be a huge decision and one reminiscent of Tottenham’s predicament in 2019 ahead of the Champions League final.

It was Mauricio Pochettino’s issue that time, a man Mason has already spoken to since becoming boss.

Mason saw his side edge to victory in his first game in charge and now has a Carabao Cup final to contend with

But how could Spurs look under their temporary gaffer on Sunday, with and without Kane? has taken a look.

Tottenham without Kane

If the England captain cannot make the starting XI on Sunday, we’re likely to see the same side which faced Southampton in midweek.

A front three of Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura, and Gareth Bale offers pace and skill on the counter, which will worry a weakened City backline.

John Stones will be absent following his midweek red card and Spurs going on the attack early could really put the cat amongst the pigeons.

In midfield, a trio of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, and Giovani Lo Celso seems a smart option for such a huge game.

Hojbjerg will be vital judging by his display on Wednesday evening as he dropped deeper, allowing Sergio Reguilon to move higher up the left flank, with Eric Dier moving across to cover his zone, or progress the ball.

Lo Celso and Ndombele are excellent on the ball when they are at their best, and they can make line-breaking runs and passes.

Toby Alderweireld and Dier represent the strongest centre-back pairing, offering experience, even if there is a lack of pace and agility.

Is this how Spurs will look without Kane?

Tottenham with Kane

If their talisman starts, Lo Celso may be the player to miss out. He grew into the Southampton game as he continues a return from a long-term hamstring injury but may drop to the bench.

Not many fans would have said it earlier this season but Lucas, as a No.10, could be key for Spurs against Man City, both defensively and offensively.

The Brazilian is able to press with fervour, while his dribbling could cause his opponents issues, even if his final ball is sometimes a let down.

The thought of Bale, Son, and Kane together is mouth-watering and aligns with Mason’s view that Spurs should play ‘brave and aggressive’ football.

Ndombele will have to be a little more reserved in this side to allow the full-backs to progress too.

Which ever team Mason chooses, it seems like being on the frontfoot is the most likely option.

If Kane does come back in, will this team play against City?

You can hear the Carabao Cup final between Tottenham and Manchester City live on talkSPORT this Sunday from 4:30pm.