Mauricio Pochettino

Hammer injury blow for Tottenham vs Bournemouth

Tottenham have this afternoon been dealt a major injury blow during the first-half of their clash with Bournemouth, after Harry Kane limped off following a clash with Asmir Begovic.

Matchup

The two sides are currently locked in action 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.

Teams

The starting lineups of both sides were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with just one change made by Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

Mauricio Pocehttino, meanwhile, made 3 changes of his own, with Serge Aurier coming in for Kieran Trippier, Victor Wanyama stepping into midfield in place of Eric Dier, and Ben Davies replaced by Danny Rose.

In front

A brilliant opening to the clash on the part of hosts 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.

Crocked

And things soon got worse for the visitors, as star man Harry Kane was forced off with an injury, following a collision with Bournemouth shot-stopper 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 foot 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.

The seriousness of the problem remains unclear at present.

1-1

Tottenham have since drawn level through Dele Alli, after the goalscoring midfielder got on the end of a perfect Serge Aurier cross in the 35th-minute.

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