Tottenham fear Kane could miss rest of the season
Harry Kane could be out for the rest of the season after badly injuring his ankle in Tottenham’s FA Cup quarter-final victory against Millwall.
The striker is set to miss England’s next two fixtures – a showpiece friendly against Germany and World Cup qualifier versus Lithuania – and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino fears he faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Kane left White Hart Lane on crutches and with a protective boot around his right ankle. He sustained the injury when he went over on his ankle attempting a shot in the first half as Millwall defender Jake Cooper dived in to block.
Pochettino compared the injury to the one Kane suffered back in September against Sunderland, which caused him to miss seven weeks of action. If he is out for the same amount of time he would only be in contention with three games remaining and unlikely to be risked unless absolutely necessary.
‘It was a similar action in that he twisted his ankle, the same ankle,’ Pochettino said. ‘We hope it’s not a big issue, but it looks similar. If you watch it on television, it was a similar action.’
Spurs doctors will assess the ankle on Monday and the player will be sent for a scan when the swelling has sufficiently reduced.
His absence is a huge blow for the north London club as they bid to qualify for the Champions League – they sit second in the Premier League table – and move into the semi-finals of the FA Cup as a result of their win on Sunday. It also represents a significant loss for England manager Gareth Southgate who names his squad for the upcoming fixtures on Thursday.
Son Heung-Min moved up front when Kane went off in the seventh minute and scored a hat-trick while Vincent Janssen, who has struggled since his £17million move from AZ Alkmaar last summer, came from the bench to add another, his first Spurs goal in open play.
Pochettino is hopeful that they can fill the sizeable void that Kane, who has 24 goals in 29 games this season, will leave behind. ‘When you lose a player like Harry Kane, you know you’ll miss him,’ Pochettino said. ‘But it’s important for the players who play in his position, Son or Vincent today, find the net and score goals.
‘When we talk in the past about the squad, look now: now we need to see how they are important. All the players. People criticise the manager when we rotate the team, but look at us now. In the key period for any team, we may miss our main striker. Players like Vincent and Son, who haven’t played in the last few weeks in the starting 11, may now be important for us.
‘But let’s be positive and try and help Kane. Let’s try and assess and see what happens in the next few days.’
Spurs currently sit second in the Premier League and are 10 points behind runaway leaders Chelsea with 11 matches to play.
Ahead of Tottenham’s last FA Cup game at White Hart Lane, Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham sang the praises of the 23-year-old striker.
When asked on BBC by Gary Lineker whether Kane, who has 68 top-flight goals, could catch Shearer’s Premier League goal-scoring record of 260, the former Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle striker said it depends on injuries and whether he remains at Tottenham.
Shearer said: ‘If he stays free from injury and of course if he stays here because over the years, Tottenham have sold a lot of their best players. It depends whether Tottenham are going to be successful in the next two or three years I would imagine.’
‘What I would say about Harry and I’m a huge fan, there was a time in my career, similar to his age now, where I thought the penny dropped, I thought I deserved to be in that list of players out there at the time and I think he is at that stage in his career now where he thinks that.
‘He can do almost everything, he can score almost every goal, whether it’s headers, whether it’s left foot, right foot and when you get to this stage in your career.
‘You’ve now got to get past two defenders because more often than not, there are two guys looking to pick you up. You are not just battling one or two and that’s a sign of a very good player.’
Shearer added: ‘He has got a hell of a record, as I said I am a huge fan of his, he is handling the situation very well. For the third consecutive year, he has scored 20 plus goals now.’
And the praise continued when Lineker asked Sheringham whether he felt Shearer and Kane were similar players. And Sheringham said that the England international actually has a little bit more in his locker.
Sheringham said: ‘I’ve been asked this a couple of times this week and I’ve said he has got a little bit more than Alan Shearer because he passes the ball as well.
‘This guy (Shearer) never passed, he shot, which is fine when you’re playing with a centre forward and you know he is going to shoot.
‘You know you can only get the ball of the goalkeeper or off a rebound but Harry has got a little bit extra in as much as he can drop a little bit deeper and he can thread balls through.’
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