Bad news for Tottenham and England fans. Scans have revealed that Harry Kane’s ankle injury is worse than feared and he may not be back until May, according to reports.
The England and Spurs No.10 hobbled off during his side’s 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday after colliding with Cherries’ keeper Asmir Begovic, with fears that he had flared an old injury on his right ankle.
Twice before Kane has injured that ankle; once in September 2016 which kept him out for six weeks and then again in March 2017 which only kept him sidelined for three weeks. In the immediate aftermath Spurs were worried this injury was more like the first one and it seems, according to The Mirror, that their fears have been proven right.
After the game at the Vitality Stadium Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “We are concerned because still we can’t know what will happen to him. We have to wait until tomorrow [Monday] or after tomorrow for the scan for the reality. I hope it is not a massive problem. That is my wish.
“Harry has a great character and is always positive, happy with the victory for the team, of course disappointed with his problem.But if you’re positive you start the recovery from injury from now.”
Spurs released a statement on Wednesday afternoon confirming the injury. “Preliminary assessments have confirmed that @HKane has damaged lateral ligaments in his right ankle. The England striker sustained the injury following a challenge in our 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday and is expected to return to First Team training next month.”
According to the Mirror, swelling on Kane’s ankle meant they had to delay sending him for a scan on Monday, prompting fears the injury may be worse than first thought.
And with time ticking down fast to the World Cup in June, the ramifications for both Tottenham and England are not great. He will definitely miss the Three Lions’ two friendlies this month against Holland and Italy as Gareth Southgate starts to shape his squad for the tournament in Russia.
He will also sit out miss Spurs’ FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea on Saturday, a semi-final if they progress and four league fixtures after the international break, including a potential top four decider with Chelsea.
Kane is enjoying another fine season in front of goal for Spurs, as the England international is level with Mohamed Salah atop the Premier League scoring charts with 24 goals as he aims for a third straight Golden Boot award.
The good news is that he may have more games than currently scheduled to regain his match fitness when he does return as Tottenham have a league clash against Newcastle still to reschedule, while their trip to Brighton on Friday April 20 would also get postponed if they reach the FA Cup semis.
England also have a couple of warm-up games ahead of the World Cup in Russia. They play Nigeria and Costa Rica in pre-World Cup friendlies in early June before they kick-off their group games against Panama and Belgium.
And there is the fact that when he last inured this ankle a year ago against Millwall, he recovered much quicker than expected. Spurs – and England – will be hoping he does the same this time around.