Concerns over the ankle injury picked up by Harry Kane during Tottenham’s 4-1 victory over Bournemouth have emerged online this evening.
Spurs went head to head with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, with hosts Bournemouth having come into proceedings sitting in 12th-place in the Premier League table, 6 points clear of the relegation zone.
Eddie Howe’s men had failed to win any of their last 3 fixtures before this afternoon, though their last outing did culminate in a credible 1-1 draw away to Leicester City.
Tottenham, meanwhile, were hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance, after being ousted from the Champions League in agonizing fashion at the hands of Italian giants Juventus on Wednesday night.
A brilliant opening to the clash on the part of Bournemouth saw the Cherries rattle the crossbar within the opening 5 minutes, as Junior Stanislas was unlucky to see his chipped effort over the onrushing Hugo Lloris come back out off the woodwork.
However, the intensity of Eddie Howe’s men paid off in a major way just 3 minutes later, as Stanislas made up for his previous miss with a gorgeous driven effort into the bottom-left corner of Tottenham’s goal, following a whipped cross from the right.
Tottenham once again showed their spirit in the face of adversity as the fixture rumbled on, though, with Dele Alli pulling the capital outfit level 10 minutes before the interval when his expertly-timed dart into the Bournemouth box was rewarded by a perfect Serge Aurier cross.
And the turnaround was complete in the 62nd-minute, as man of the moment Son Heung-min volleyed Dele Alli’s chipped cross to the back post into the ground and over the despairing Asmir Begovic.
Son was at it again 3 minutes from full-time, as a sloppy Bournemouth free-kick eventually saw Christian Eriksen’s pass send the South Korean through one-on-one with Begovic, with Son coolly rounding the Bosnian and slamming home.
And Serge Aurier added some gloss to the scoreline in injury-time, as substitute Kieran Trippier’s cross was knocked into the path of the Ivorian full-back by Begovic, with Aurier heading home at the back post.
However, a generally positive day for Spurs was soured by injuries to all of Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Dele Alli.
Kane’s looked by far the most worrying of the three, following a heavy collision with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
A pinpoint through-ball from Christian Eriksen on the half-hour mark saw Kane look as though he had broken the offside trap to finish expertly, only for the goal to be correctly ruled out by the linesman.
However, as Kane connected with the ball, his right ankle appeared to turn in the Vitality turf under the challenge of Begovic, with the English hitman limping off down the tunnel to be replaced by Erik Lamela.
Mauricio Pochettino has since revealed that he has hopes that Kane’s injury isn’t a ‘massive problem’, but this has not stopped worries from emerging regarding the right ankle of the English hitman.
This is due to the fact that Kane was sidelined for 7 weeks last season with a similar injury, after the 24-year-old damaged ligaments in his ankle during an FA Cup tie with Millwall (bizarrely picked up more or less a year ago to the day, on the 12th of March).
And Kane also picked up an injury to the same right ankle in September of 2016, during a clash with Sunderland, with the Tottenham star having subsequently missed 6 weeks of action.
As such, the fact that Kane left the Vitality stadium earlier today on crutches will no doubt have Spurs’ fans the world over sweating regarding the fitness of their crown jewel, with the North Londoners set for a crucial stretch over the next couple of months in their hopes of securing a Champions League spot for next season.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane leaves Bournemouth on crutches this evening.
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