Tottenham Hotspur bounced back in style on Sunday as they lashed the Cherries four goals to one away at the Vitality stadium. Heung-Min Son has been in exceptional form for Spurs lately; his two goals against Bournemouth means that he has scored seven times in the last four games for the Lilywhites. The win was bittersweet, as England international Harry Kane hobbled off the pitch in the first half after an altercation with Asmir Begovic. Kane has twisted his angle but is unsure as to how severe the injury really is. The striker will undertake a scan today for a full assessment of the damage – and to determine how long it may be before he puts on his boots again. With the 2018 World Cup just around the corner, it is not just Spurs fans who will be praying for a full and speedy recovery.
Kane’s right ankle – you could say – is the striker’s Achilles heel. Kane has suffered ligament damage to this ankle before and ha previously ruled the striker out for 14 games during the last season. Spurs have a maximum of 11 games left to play this year, and obviously, Harry Kane would be crucial to the success of that remaining campaign – which now carries a further significance following their elimination from the Champions League on Wednesday night. Similarly, England have two friendlies arranged, against Netherlands and Italy, before the end of the month. Kane will most probably not feature in either of these fixtures, but his injury will most certainly cause Gareth Southgate concern heading into Russia in the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino has commented on the injury, saying that
“He suffered an injury that is to the same ankle he suffered before… we hope it’s not a massive issue. We need to wait for the scan. Harry has a great character and is positive”
The scan is set to be conducted later on today when more information regarding the severity of the injury will come to light. Harry Kane has scored 35 goals in all competitions for the Lilywhites this season and is on track to win his third Premier League Golden Boot in a row.
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How would Spurs set up without Kane for the rest of the Season?
If Kane was terribly unlucky and the scan was to confirm further ligament damage to the ankle, the question would beg – who could replace, the quite frankly irreplaceable, Harry Kane? Tottenham Hotspur have proven to be an all-round class side this season, a side that does not solely rely on the frontman. Heung-Min Son has shown incredible versatility this season and has played on the wings, in the centre and has infrequently adopted a CF role. If Kane was injured, Spurs may well put the in-form South Korean striker up front on his own, or possibly alongside Fernando Llorente. Lucas Moura has shown great promise in his appearances and has been drastically improving on the training ground, so a switch of formation may bring Moura into the starting XI. Eriksen and Alli are considerably attack-minded, and will no doubt be on the scoresheet again before the season’s end.
Pre-scan, nobody can be sure about the near-future of Harry Kane, or about the seriousness of his ankle injury. We can only sit, wait, and hope that the damage is minor and that England’s top striker will make a rapid recovery.