TOTTENHAM were dealt a massive blow yesterday after Harry Kane was ruled out until March with an ankle injury that could potentially see him miss ten games.
Kane was hurt at the end of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and Spurs said in a statement: ‘We can confirm Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle.
‘The striker will continue to be monitored by our medical staff and is expected to return to training in early March.’
It is the third successive season Kane has suffered an ankle injury and his absence deals a huge setback to third-placed Tottenham’s Premier League title hopes.
England’s captain will miss the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea, which Spurs lead 1-0, at least six league matches, the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at home to Borussia Dortmund. Kane may also miss the derby with Arsenal on March 2 and the trip to Dortmund three days later. Spurs also potentially have two FA Cup games.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino now has a major problem in attack as he is also without Heung-Min Son, who is with South Korea at the Asia Cup, potentially until the end of the month.
Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente are both options for Sunday’s derby at Fulham.
Spurs may seek reinforcements but have appeared reluctant to spend recently. They did not make any signings last summer and have not sought to buy anyone this month.
Kane tweeted last night: ‘Injuries are part of the game but no-one will be working harder to get back fit.’