Harry Kane Unlikely to Return to Tottenham This Season Due to Ankle Injury

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Harry Kane of Tottenham leaves the game during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino said it will be "difficult" for Harry Kane to feature for the club again this season after he suffered an ankle injury against Manchester City on Tuesday. 

Kane was withdrawn inside an hour in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg having suffered "significant lateral ligament" damage.

Per BBC Sport, Pochettino said:

"There is five weeks [of the season left], it is going to be difficult.

"Next week we are going to see with the specialist. We are going to do everything to recover him as soon as possible, but there is only five weeks of the season to recover.

"He was so upset after the game—it was a difficult moment for him. He is in a good place because he is a positive guy."

Kane suffered the injury when he slipped while attempting to prevent a clearance from Fabian Delph.

As Metro's Oliver Young-Myles demonstrated, Kane has had several ankle issues in recent years:

Oliver Young-Myles @OMyles90

Clearly he has a susceptibility to ankle injuries and it’s worrying that this one has come so soon after the last. Interesting to see how Spurs and England adapt their methods to his recovery moving forward.

Spurs play Everton on the last day of the Premier League season on May 12, so it seems unlikely Kane will play again this season unless the Lilywhites reach the Champions League final, which will played on June 1.

The England captain will then be needed on international duty for the UEFA Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands on June 6.

Losing Kane could be a significant blow to Tottenham, given he's scored 24 goals this season.

They won each of the four league matches he missed through injury earlier in the campaign, though, so if the likes of Heung-Min Son can be at their best again in the coming weeks, they can manage somewhat without him.


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