Tottenham Hotspur announced on Tuesday that leading goal scorer Harry Kane has sustained ligament damage to his right ankle.
Kane suffered the injury within the first ten minutes of Spurs’ FA Cup victory over Millwall at the weekend. It looked a horrible injury from the moment it occurred and it has now been confirmed.
A statement on the club’s website read:
“Following further assessment today, the Club can confirm that Harry Kane sustained ligament damage to his right ankle during Sunday’s FA Cup win against Millwall.
“The injury is similar to the one suffered by the forward against Sunderland in September last year, however it is not considered to be as severe.
“Harry will continue to be assessed by our medical staff while he undergoes his rehabilitation at our Training Centre.”
Kane missed almost two months of action after suffering a similar injury last September. With the club saying it doesn’t appear as serious, he may not be out for as long as that this time around.
The 23-year-old took to Twitter to thank everyone for their messages of support. He also said he intends to come back stronger.
Always come back stronger from injuries and will be working hard with the medical staff to do that again. Thanks for all the messages. pic.twitter.com/zGYQhw8IaB
— Harry Kane (@HKane) 14 March 2017
It is as yet unknown exactly how long Kane will be out. However, it’s almost certain he will miss at least a few weeks of action. This means he will not be available for England’s games with Germany and Lithuania, whilst he will also be missing for what is a crucial point in the Premier League season.
If he does recover sooner than the seven weeks it took last year, he could be available for either the FA Cup Semi Final with Chelsea on April 22 or the North London derby against Arsenal eight days later.
If that’s the case, he will still likely miss at least five of Spurs’ remaining league games.
Tottenham are challenging for at least a place in the top four and have a chance of lifting the FA Cup. Fans will therefore be praying for a quick recovery for their star striker. However, with no return date given, they will just be hoping their season doesn’t fall apart in his absence.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena