Harry Kane confident of early recovery from ankle injury, says Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

tom collomosse
Evening Standard
Incident | Kane was forced off in the opening moments of Sunday's FA Cup tie with Millwall: Getty Images
Incident | Kane was forced off in the opening moments of Sunday's FA Cup tie with Millwall: Getty Images

Harry Kane is confident he can recover from his ankle injury ahead of schedule, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino on Friday.

Kane is likely to miss at least a month of action after damaging ankle ligaments in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Millwall last weekend. He will miss Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Southampton and it was also thought he would miss the following ones against Burnley, Swansea, Watford and Bournemouth.

Tottenham hope Kane will be able to play at least some part in their three-most high-profile remaining fixtures: the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on April 22, and the league matches against Arsenal (April 30) and Manchester United (weekend of May 13-14).

But Pochettino revealed Kane, who has 24 goals this term, believes he will be back more quickly than anticipated. He has even talked about returning after the forthcoming international break, when Tottenham face Burnley on April 1, although that looks unlikely.

Pochettino said: “He’s very positive, he’s always joking about [coming back] after the international break or in three or four weeks, I don’t know.

“He’s very positive and that is good, but at the same time we need to be careful with his injury. We trust completely in our doctor and physios and the department looks after them in the best way. We’ll see but we hope that yes, as soon as possible he will be available again.

“The good thing is that he is very positive and if you’re positive in your mind, you can affect your injury in a very positive way.”

As well as dealing with Kane’s absence, Spurs also have doubts about Kyle Walker (ankle) and Victor Wanyama (neck), though Mousa Dembele is available again after missing the 6-0 win over Millwall due to ankle damage.

Kane missed 10 games in six weeks during the autumn with a similar injury. Despite a positive start in his absence, Spurs then went six matches without a victory in October and November.

Pochettino is convinced, however, that there will be no repeat. He added: “It was a different period. We are finding our best form now and the team is more solid. We have improved a lot since then.

“We had a very difficult pre-season with players returning from Euro 2016, so today is completely different period and we are at a completely different level.”

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