Saturday 24 August 2019

Devastated Kane concedes season is over

Harry Kane receiving medical attention after sustaining an injury. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Harry Kane receiving medical attention after sustaining an injury. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

Matt Law

Harry Kane is desperately hoping he will not be ruled out of England's Nations League campaign this summer with his latest ankle injury.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker will undergo a scan today, with the 25-year-old expected to miss the rest of the season and potentially even longer after suffering suspected ankle-ligament damage against Manchester City.

Tottenham's medical staff are also trying to find a way for Dele Alli to play on with the suspected broken hand he suffered during Tuesday's victory. Manager Mauricio Pochettino was not positive about Kane's chances of playing again this season and there are concerns he could be out for three months.

Kane, too, believes his domestic season is over and is said to be devastated that he will miss the run-in and the chance to once again finish as the Premier League's top scorer. But the initial swelling had gone down significantly yesterday morning and Kane is clinging on to the hope that he will be out for no longer than six weeks, which would mean he would be fit in time for the Champions League final on June 1, if Spurs were to get there, and the Nations League.

England face Holland in the semi-finals of the Nations League on June 6, with the final scheduled to be played three days later.

Kane tweeted yesterday: "Gutted to go off injured but every setback is a chance to come back stronger than ever. Big finish from the boys to go on and win!"

Alli hopes to play on, despite fearing that he broke his hand during the final stages of the City game. Defender Jan Vertonghen said: "Everyone needs to step up like we did before. We won, I think, all of our Premier League games without Harry and, hopefully, we can do it again."

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