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Jose’s agony as Harry Kane needs operation

Big miss: Kane will
be unavailable for
crunch matches
while he is out

TOTTENHAM’S hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, or making the quarter-finals of this year’s competition, have been dealt a major blow after a hamstring injury ruled Harry Kane out until April.

Kane requires surgery on a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring and will miss Tottenham’s Champions League last-16 tie with RB Leipzig plus at least eight league games, including matches with Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United — all potential rivals for a place in the top four.

Kane, who has netted 27 goals for club and country this season, will also miss England’s Euro 2020 warm-up games against Italy and Denmark, although the Three Lions’ captain is expected to make a full recovery in time for this summer’s finals.

Kane suffered the injury during the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day and specialists advised an operation was needed. A statement from Spurs yesterday confirmed: ‘Following ongoing assessment by our medical staff over the past week, we can confirm that Harry Kane will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring.

‘The decision to undergo surgery is not expected to impact the time-frame the England captain will be sidelined, with the expectation that he will return to training in April.’

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is already without Moussa Sissoko until April after the midfielder had knee surgery.

Tottenham also have their captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris recovering from injury, along with summer signing Tanguy Ndombele and left-backs Danny Rose and Ben Davies.