Spurs fans fume as Harry Kane hauled off to stop Rennes players kicking him

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Tottenham fans are fuming after Harry Kane was substituted against Rennes in the Europa Conference League.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men are strong favourites to win Europe's third-tier competition but were unable to get their campaign off to a winning start after drawing 2-2 in France.

The north Londoners took an early lead in the contest through a Loic Bade own goal but soon found themselves behind after strikes from Flavien Tait and Gaeten Laborde.

Pierre-Emile Hojberg was on hand to rescue a point for Spurs, who had to do without talisman Kane in the closing stages after he was replaced by Emerson Royale on 51 minutes.

With Tottenham in need of a goal at the time of the change, some Spurs fans couldn't understand the decision

Others realised it was to protect Kane from a tough-tackling Rennes side and praised Nuno's logic.

One user wrote: "Nuno took Kane off because he knows Rennes are playing dirty they’ve injured 2 of our players now intentionally and can’t risk another."

Someone else said: "A smart move by Nuno; this ref has no control of this game and if Kane gets hurt before Sunday we're well & truly screwed."

A third person added: "Nuno saw Rennes players committing fouls and injuring players and hooked Kane off sharpish.

Another supporter commented: "Nuno using his common sense and realising he needs to bring Kane off because he gets taken out."

While a fifth fan explained: "Also not Nuno’s fault we have injuries and a lack of depth. A Kane injury now would be a disaster.

"Hierarchy haven’t bought upfront or kept any of the players we had to cover for the when that Kane injury comes."

By substituting Kane, Nuno ensured the 28-year-old would be available for Tottenham's crunch clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

The same cannot be said of Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn, both of whom left the field injured against Rennes.

  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Harry Kane
  • Europa League
  • Premier League

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