So Tottenham will be without four players for the visit of Huddersfield - five if Alli is ruled out - as they look to cement their position in the top four with a much needed victory over the Terriers.
On Saturday, he provided a finishing masterclass that impressed Pochettino as Lucas staked a claim for a more regular starting spot, especially with Spurs talisman Kane sidelined for several weeks with an ankle injury.
Nicol's co-pundit Alejandro Moreno felt it was "important" for someone to do so, but insists Spurs must be prepared for a completely different test against City in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. Instead they have lost 19 of their last 21 league matches - a badge of dishonour to go alongside their record-equalling early relegation last month.
"You know me very well, after six years and half years working in England my will is to help the national team, I'm never going to tell the player not to go to the national team, ' Pochettino said ahead of Spurs" clash with Huddersfield on Saturday.
But for all the panic about Kane's injury potentially ruining Tottenham's hopes of a successful end to the season, they have won all five of their league games without the England striker this season.
The striker has seven goals in 27 games across all competitions this term and will surely get a chance off the bench in midweek to impress against Manchester City.
Pochettino did not allude as to whether surgery would be needed but did say Spurs have plans in place for Kane's recovery.
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"His role in Tottenham's demolition of Huddersfield Town was no exception".
Tottenham, by contrast, will be counting down the minutes until their next match.
A ball was played into Llorente and it found Wanyama unmarked, as the Kenyan midfielder waltzed into the box, around Ben Hamer and tapped home to make it 1-0.
Three minutes later, Tottenham struck again.
But Tottenham was in control from the start.
"They do get him back very quickly, but they wouldn't send him out if he wasn't ready". He completed his hat-trick deep into stoppage time.
The 23-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday, will reportedly wear either a cast or a splint during the match.