Yet, with City and Liverpool still to face the north Londoners later this season, Winks is adamant they can't be counted out yet.
He said about the title race in his press conference: "I think the competition is so tough, the Premier League is so hard and still they are at the top of the table and are clear favourites to win the Premier League".
"For now we are happy with the position we are in, we are doing really well and that is the most important thing".
"If you see him he's almost ready to play but we need to be realistic too and of course in between all the areas to take the best decision".
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Kane has sustained three separate ankle injuries since the start of the 2016-17 season but defied expectations by recovering from a setback at the end of last season ahead of schedule and Pochettino suggested he could repeat the trick once more. Christian Eriksen keeps his place in attack with Heung-min Son also supporting the recalled Fernando Llorente - who leads the line up front in the absence of Harry Kane. "My gut feeling is that it's going to be tough but my wish, my hope and my dream is to finish this season playing in the new stadium".
Puel was this week forced to deny reports that Leicester striker Jamie Vardy was upset the French coach was seen talking to Manchester United's Paul Pogba on the pitch straight after last weekend's loss.
"[Kane] is almost ready to play, but we need to be realistic too", said Pochettino.
"If I thought one of my players was disrespectful, to me or to the club, there would be a sanction".