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England & Spurs: Fears over Harry Kane’s ankle injury

England & Spurs: Fears over Harry Kane’s ankle injury

Nervous Southgate

Harry Kane limped off at the end of Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Everton, sparking concern over the England captain’s welfare.

Jose Mourinho explained that it was too early to gather an accurate diagnosis immediately after the match.

“It is too early. Even Harry doesn’t know much, he just had that negative feeling that brought him out of the game,” Mourinho said. “I believe [today] is the day to have a different view and try to anticipate what can happen next week.”

Fears that Kane could miss the Carabao Cup final are of course present. That match is next Sunday.

However, looking further afield, The Sunday Times report that England manager Gareth Southgate is also nervous about Kane’s latest setback.

The headline in The Sunday Times reads: “England and Tottenham Hotspur fears over Harry Kane ankle injury”.

It is reported that “a diagnosis is expected today, as the Tottenham head coach, José Mourinho, sweats on whether his star player will take part in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, which could be the club’s last chance of salvaging something from the season. The England manager, Gareth Southgate, is waiting nervously too, with Euro 2020 less than eight weeks away.”

Whilst The Sunday Times heighten fears around Kane’s injury, it has to be stressed that the broadsheet doesn’t appear to have any insight into the attacker’s actual return timetable.

Moreover, at the time of writing, there is nothing to suggest that Kane won’t be available for England at the Euros.

Over in the Mail on Sunday, though, Gary Lewin suggests that Kane may miss the next three weeks for Tottenham.

Lewin has written: “From TV, it looked as though he turned his lateral ligaments, which are on the outside leg… [Kane may] need two-to-three weeks’ rest. But Harry has shown he does respond well to treatment and recovers quicker than anticipated.”

In the next three weeks, Spurs have matches against Southampton, Man City, Sheffield United and Leeds.

What happens if Kane is seriously injured?

Should the forward be unavailable, then it is likely that Carlos Vinicius will take his place in the Tottenham XI.

Should Mourinho not opt for the orthodox choice, Heung-min Son could be brought into a central position with plenty of wide options in Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela to deputise.

Turning to England, Southgate has plenty of quality forwards to call upon, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins, Patrick Bamford, Callum Wilson, Tammy Abraham and Danny Ings having all shown what they can do this season.

Mourinho calls for optimism

Jose Mourinho spoke with Sky Sports after the Everton match, and called for optimism.

“I think it’s too early to say something. For him to leave the pitch, 2-2, with a couple of minutes to go, is obviously because he felt something, but let me be optimistic and believe that he has time to recover. Let me be optimistic and believe that it’s nothing serious,” said the Portuguese coach.

The Portuguese has the opportunity to end Spurs’ long wait for a trophy next weekend.

Kevin De Bruyne injured

Man City could be without star man Kevin De Bruyne, after he picked up a knock in the 1-0 FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea.

“He has pain now,” said Pep Guardiola.

England & Spurs: Fears over Harry Kane’s ankle injury

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne picks up an injury being substituted off during the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. (Photo by Ben Stansall/PA Images via Getty Images)

“Tomorrow he has a test with doctors. Apparently it doesn’t look good but we will see tomorrow.”

City have plenty of options to deputise in the Belgian’s stead. Ilkay Gundogan starred in De Bruyne’s place in a more advanced role following the turn of the year.

However, with a bout with PSG to come in the Champions League semi-finals, De Bruyne will be a monumental loss for the Citizens.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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