Sunday 19 August 2018

Kane facing long spell on sidelines

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane holds his ankle after a challenge during the Premier League match. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane holds his ankle after a challenge during the Premier League match. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire

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Harry Kane is a major doubt for England's World Cup preparatory matches against Holland and Italy after being forced to leave Bournemouth last night on crutches and in a protective boot following another ankle injury.

Having missed 14 games last season with two separate ankle injuries, Kane's same right leg was twisted at almost a right angle in a collision with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

His ankle will be scanned today and while Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said that Kane was "positive", he could offer no reassurance ahead of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea City and Thursday's England squad announcement for the Holland and Italy friendlies later this month.

"I am concerned," said Pochettino. "Of course, I worry about him. We hope it is not a massive issue for him and the team and hope he can recover as soon as possible. We need to wait because we will scan his ankle. He suffered an injury to the same ankle he suffered before. He is positive. Harry has a great character and is always positive. If you are positive you start the recovery from the injury from now."

Kane had hobbled off the pitch and initially looked like coming back on but then headed down the tunnel in obvious frustration following consultation with the club's medical team.

"The decision was between him and the doctor, but he felt like when he landed and twisted his ankle that it was impossible to stay on the pitch," said Pochettino.

Tottenham's next Premier League match is on April 1, away against Chelsea.

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