Tottenham Hotspur and England are sweating on Harry Kane’s fitness after the striker left Bournemouth on crutches and wearing a protective boot. The 24-year-old limped off after injuring his right ankle in their 4-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
It is the injury on the same ankle that kept him out for a lengthy period last season. And just like last campaign, he could be out this season too.
Erik Lamela replaced Kane and the latter after receiving treatment, hobbled around the touchline to the changing rooms accompanied by a Spurs physio.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed to Sky Sports that the injury was “in his right ankle, possibly ligaments, similar to the injury sustained against Sunderland early last season.”
“I am concerned. Until tomorrow (Monday) and the scan we cannot say nothing more,” Pochettino told after the win.
“Of course I worry about him, his ankle. We hope it is not a massive issue for him and the team. We hope as quickly as possible he can recover and be available.
“But he’s positive. He is always positive. He is happy with the victory of the team. If you’re positive you start the injury return from today.”
According to the Sun, Kane will undergo a scan to discover the extent of the injury, just 99 days before the World Cup starts in Russia. The Three Lions face Tunisia on 18 June in their opening fixture.
Kane’s injury comes as a massive blow for England and Spurs, and the scans today will reveal the extent of the damage. With England’s squad for this month’s friendlies set to be announced on Thursday, here is how the fans reacted on social media.
As long as he’s fit for Russia it doesn’t matter. We know he’ll be the first name on the team-sheet if he’s fit.
— Dan Bartlett (@dan1bartlett) March 12, 2018
I’m sure they can beat Tunisia and Panama without Kane lol. Qualify 2nd and last 16 exit is best bet IF Kane is injured
— Guled ‘Yossi’ Abukar (@yossiOsman) March 11, 2018
Hope he recovers quickly hope it’s not the grade 3
— Äm Ťhe Will (@ZanguLyf4Real) March 11, 2018
We had no chance anyway.
— Neil Peter (@Neil1889) March 11, 2018
England have no World Cup hopes, with Kane or otherwise..
— Adrian Cook (@Angry_Ada) March 11, 2018
As if England would achieve anything with Kane..
— DavidButkevičius (@DawidButkiewic3) March 11, 2018
Looked like he wanted to stay on ,3-4 weeks I expect
— shaun lewis (@shaunlewis17) March 11, 2018
Doesn’t perform for England anyway. His Euro 2016 performances were insulting.
— James Hewitt (@JB_Hewitt) March 11, 2018
If it is we screwed
— finkle is einhorn (@GlynMate) March 11, 2018
How convenient when the international break is upcoming
— ₁ (@KariusEdition) March 11, 2018
Juan Foyth names former Manchester United star as his idol while growing up
Juan Foyth scored the winner in Tottenham’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The youngster has been drafted into the Spurs first-team due to the injuries to Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.
Despite a lack of Premier League minutes, the Argentine did well against Wolverhampton Wanderers but he gave away a couple of penalties.
The youngster was much better in the game against the Eagles and recently claimed an ex-Premier League defender was his choice when playing with friends.
The 20-year-old was quoted by the Mirror as saying:
“My idol when I was young was Kaka, but playing with friends, I always played centre-back and I’d say, ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’. But I don’t know why.
“I was young, but I know he was an amazing centre-back. I’d play PlayStation and when I’d play with friends I’d say ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’, but I don’t remember the games.”
The former Leeds United and Manchester United defender was one of the best during his playing days, and the Englishman won almost everything there is in club football.
Foyth has had a great start to his Premier League career with Tottenham, but the youngster has a long way to go before he can emulate the former defender.
For now, the former Estudiantes player’s stock is on the rise, and playing in the Premier League certainly is a big deal for the 20-year-old.
“Since when I was a kid, my dream was playing in the Premier League, so I’m enjoying it.”
Tottenham head into the international break with a spot firmly placed in the top four. Our next game is a huge clash against Chelsea at Wembley, and it will be interesting to see who plays in our defence on 24 November.
Tottenham set to receive transfer blow as Juventus steals a march for 19-year-old rising star
Tottenham face a huge task in signing Matthijs de Ligt as Juventus want Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, to discuss a possible transfer with the club director Fabio Paratici, according to Calciomercato (h/t Football.london).
De Ligt is one of the highest rated players current in Ajax and has been linked with Tottenham, as per the report.
Manchester City and Barcelona are also interested in the 19-year-old. The Italian report adds that De Ligt has accepted an invitation from the Serie A giants to visit the club too.
Tottenham could count on their relationship with Ajax regarding players signed in recent years. Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen all joined Spurs from the Dutch giants, while Toby Alderweireld is a former Ajax player too.
Of course, it would be difficult to get into a bidding war with the two European giants. However, playing under one of the brightest managers in football could have its own benefits for a player like De Ligt.
Juan Foyth and Sanchez have gotten better under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Hopefully, this factor and playing in possibly the toughest league in the world can sway De Ligt’s transfer to our direction.
“It is strange that Daniel asked for details like this” – Mauricio Pochettino surprised about his inputs for new stadium
Spurs expected to play at the new ground in September, however, the stadium has been hit by many delays and we are unsure when it will be ready for use.
Pochettino has seen Spurs start the Premier League season well and we are five points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games.
The Argentine was quoted by the Mirror about Levy asking him for some inputs related to the stadium:
“It is strange that Daniel asked for some details like this because he is the architect and he loves this kind of thing.
“But yes, he asked, because we are the professionals and afterwards we are going to be using those different things at the stadium.”
Spurs were recently given clearance to play at Wembley till the end of the current campaign, should the stadium not be ready before the 2019-20 season, as per the Mirror.
We played all our home games at Wembley last season, and the new stadium certainly is taking much longer than expected to be completed.
Tottenham will have one of the best grounds in football once our new home is ready. Hopefully, Pochettino can lead us to a few titles once the venue is open.