In the latest Tottenham Hotspur news, talisman Harry Kane has been ruled out until April after Spurs confirmed the striker has damaged ligaments in his right ankle.
Kane was injured in a collision with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the 4-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday and had to be replaced in the 34th minute by Erik Lamela.
Heung-Min Son grabbed a brace in Spurs’ rout but the loss of their star striker, who now looks unlikely to win the Premier League Golden Boot for a third consecutive season, is a massive blow.
Kane is currently joint-top of the goalscoring charts on 24 alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero on 21, while team-mate Raheem Sterling is the next closest challenger on 15.
Following extensive tests and consultations, a statement from Tottenham confirmed the 24-year-old has damaged ligaments in his right ankle and that it’s a similar injury to the one that ruled him out of 10 games last season.
Kane, who has been tipped to captain the national side in Russia this summer, also spent four weeks on the sidelines with the same ankle issue after aggravating the problem in March last year and his recovery will need to be managed carefully.
The striker is expected to return in April, meaning he will miss the FA Cup quarter-final clash at Swansea City on Saturday and England’s friendlies against Holland and Italy later this month.
If Kane’s recovery goes to plan, he should be fit and ready for the 2018 World Cup but the Three Lions will need to be cautious, having picked the likes of Wayne Rooney and David Beckham for major events when they were not fully fit.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is likely to give Fernando Llorente a run-up front for the clash against Swansea this weekend although the Argentine tactician, who is aiming to guide his side to a top-four Premier League finish this season, could deploy in-form Son through the middle.