The one sight Tottenham Hotspur fans didn’t want to see in their Champions League quarter-final first leg with Manchester City was Harry Kane hobbling down the tunnel.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what they saw, as the England captain clashed with Fabian Delph and Spurs have confirmed the striker sustained a “significant lateral ligament injury to his left ankle”.
It still remains to be seen how long Kane will be out for but Mauricio Pochettino (below) admitted after Tuesday’s match that;
“We are going to miss him – maybe for the rest of the season. We hope it is not a big issue but there is not to much time to recover.”
Kane has netted 24 goals for Spurs this season, and his goals will surely be missed in Tottenham’s efforts to finish in the top four and advance to the Champions League semi-finals.
Spurs are currently fourth (2/5 for a top four finish) in the Premier League with six matches remaining, two points behind third-placed Chelsea (who have played a game more), and one ahead of arch-rivals Arsenal. They host Huddersfield in their new stadium at Saturday lunchtime where you’d expect them to have no trouble picking up the win without their main man.
There is still hope for Spurs, however. Kane also picked up an injury against Manchester United earlier in the season, and he was ruled out for around two months. Heung Min-Son (below) stepped up when the England skipper was absent, and seemed to flourish in a side that was Kane-less. It was the South Korean international who stepped up on Tuesday night after Kane hobbled off, as he went on to score the winner.
There’s also a chance Kane could be absent for England duty when they face the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League semi-final in June. England are 8/13 to advance to the final, but there’s no doubt that the task will be much harder without Kane. He brings more than just goals to the side, and we’ve seen it in the recent international break with his link-up play and his ability to set up his teammates.
One thing is for sure, Spurs will have to cope without him for their Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Etihad, where they are 17/2 to win on the night. They are 5/4 to qualify, however.