Tuesday 20 August 2019

Mauricio Pochettino gives an alarming injury update on Harry Kane after thrilling Champions League victory

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur receives treatment during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur receives treatment during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Tottenham manger Mauricio Pochettino expects Harry Kane to miss the rest of the season after he sustained another ankle injury in his side’s Champions League quarter-final win against Manchester City.

Son Heung-min handed Spurs a valuable first leg lead, as he fired a later winner to give his team a second victory at their new stadium, but injuries to Kane and Dele Alli took the gloss off a glorious night for Pochettino’s side in a game that also featured a first half penalty miss from City’s Sergio Aguero.

Kane has suffered from persistent ankle problems in recent years and now looks set to sit out the final few weeks of the season, while Alli was taken off late on with what appeared to be a hand or wrist injury.

“It's very, very sad. It's going to be tough and we're going to miss him - maybe for the rest of the season,” said the Spurs boss as he discussed Kane’s injury.

“It is the same ankle and we hope it is not so bad as last time. We are very disappointed. It is a worry for us and a worry for him because he doesn’t have too much time to recover. He has twisted his ankle and we have to wait for a few hours to see how it reacts.”

Kane’s injury left  Pochettino deflated despite his side’s fine win, as City lost their fifth straight tie against English opponents in European competition.

“It was an unbelievable game. It was so tough, but it is still Manchester City and there is a second leg,” he added. “We are happy as we showed great quality. The performance was good but there's still 90 minutes to go.

“The penalty save I think gave the belief to us. I think there were many positive things.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was disappointed by his side’s defeat in north London, but he expressed his confidence that they would bounce back in the second leg next Wednesday.

“We created chances, more than the penalty,” he said. “We controlled the game, we did not let them run a lot. The result is not the best one but we have to make these kind of comebacks to go through.

“There are always key moments in football. It is the Champions League and the result is what it is. We played well and we were controlling the game. We had our chances with the penalty so it was a good performance but it is the Champions League and that is the challenge.

“Next time we will score. Now we have to prepare for Crystal Palace. We do not have time to think about Tottenham.”

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