Thursday 27 April 2017

Pochettino calls for positivity as Spurs wait on Kane injury news

Tottenham striker Son Heung-min scored a hat-trick to sink Millwall
Tottenham striker Son Heung-min scored a hat-trick to sink Millwall

Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves if Harry Kane's ankle injury proves serious.

Kane had to be substituted in the 10th minute of Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final victory over Millwall after he hurdled a tackle from Jake Cooper and landed awkwardly on his right foot.

He was later seen leaving White Hart Lane on crutches and wearing a protective boot. The 23-year-old will undergo a scan on Monday.

Spurs coped fine without their star striker as they hammered Millwall 6-0 but any extended absence will come as a major blow to their ambitions of winning silverware this season.

An injury to the same ankle caused Kane to be out for seven weeks earlier in the season, during which time Tottenham scored only three goals in six matches.

Pochettino could be left relying on Son Heung-min, who hit a hat-trick against Millwall, and Vincent Janssen, who also scored to register his first goal from open play since joining the club last summer.

"We can't cry about it now. We have to be positive. We have players enough to try and replace him," Pochettino said.

"When you lose a player like Harry Kane, you know you'll miss him. But it's important for the players who play in his position, Son or Vincent today, to 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.

"Players like Vincent and Son, who haven't played in the last few weeks in the starting XI, may now be important for us."

Kane looks certain to miss next weekend's Premier League game at home to Southampton, as well as England's fixtures against Germany and Lithuania later this month.

If the striker is out for seven weeks again, it would also mean him missing the FA Cup semi-final before potentially coming back at the end of April against Arsenal - just as he did in November.

"He twisted his ankle, the same ankle that was before in the game against Sunderland. Now it's a matter of waiting," Pochettino said.

"We will assess tomorrow, and after tomorrow, and see what happens. It's difficult. It looks a similar situation to Sunderland, during that game, but we'll see. We need to wait and be positive."

Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were also on target as Tottenham cruised into the last four and ended Millwall's 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Pochettino's men will now await Monday's draw for the semi-finals, where they could face Arsenal, Manchester City or the winners of the Chelsea-Manchester United tie.

"It was a game we took very seriously," Pochettino said.

"They'd beaten three Premier League teams before, and we were aware of that. We played very well, gave our best, were very focused.

"I'm very pleased and happy to be at Wembley again."

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