EARLY RE­TURN

Tot­ten­ham con­firm Kane has sus­tained lig­a­ment dam­age, tar­get April come­back

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON

TOT­TEN­HAM are hope­ful Harry Kane can play some part in their sea­son-fi­nale despite con­firm­ing the striker has sus­tained sig­nif­i­cant an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age.

Kane rolled his right an­kle dur­ing the open­ing stages of last Sun­day’s 6-0 win over Mill­wall in the FA Cup. The in­jury was vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal to the in­jury he suf­fered to the same an­kle ear­lier in the sea­son, caus­ing him to miss seven weeks of the sea­son.

Tot­ten­ham con­firmed on Tues­day their star striker has suf­fered a sim­i­lar in­jury to the one ear­lier in the sea­son.

But club medics be­lieve the lat­est prob­lem isn’t as se­ri­ous as the one suf­fered against Sun­der­land in Septem­ber.

Kane tweeted: “Al­ways come back stronger from in­juries and will be work­ing hard with the med­i­cal staff to do that again. Thanks for all the mes­sages.”

Nev­er­the­less, Kane will miss the rest of March and likely the ma­jor­ity of April.

But in­trigu­ingly, he could be fit in time for the north Lon­don derby against Arse­nal on April 30, though Spurs are hope­ful he could even re­turn ear­lier.

How Kane’s an­kle han­dles treat­ment and the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme will be the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor over whether Kane can play a role be­fore the end of the sea­son.

Kane un­der­went a se­ries of scans to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the in­jury on Tues­day be­fore see­ing a spe­cial­ist who laid out the next course of ac­tion.

The news will en­cour­age man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, who feared his top scorer would miss his side’s tilt and FA Cup glory and Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Spurs wrote on their Twitter page: “We can con­firm Harry Kane suf­fered lig­a­ment dam­age to his right an­kle dur­ing Sun­day’s FA Cup win over Mill­wall on Sun­day.

“The in­jury is sim­i­lar to the one suf­fered by the for­ward against Sun­der­land in Septem­ber last year, how­ever it is not con­sid­ered to be as se­vere.”

As well as miss­ing vi­tal matches for his club, Kane will now miss the forth­com­ing Eng­land matches against Ger­many and Lithua­nia.

The news will come as huge blow to Eng­land boss Gareth South­gate, who held a plan­ning meet­ing at St Ge­orge’s Park on Tues­day as he looks to cope with a in­jury cri­sis that threat­ens to de­rail his plans.

As well as Kane, Jordan Hen­der­son, Danny Rose and Daniel Stur­ridge will miss out on South­gate’s squad, which is to be named to­day, through in­jury.

There are also in­jury con­cerns over skip­per Wayne Rooney and Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain. Daily Mail

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur's Harry Kane suf­fered an iden­ti­cal in­jury to the one he sus­tained to the same an­kle ear­lier in the sea­son, caus­ing him to miss seven weeks.

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