Gareth Southgate has said that Harry Kane has a problem with his foot rather than his ankle but revealed the striker is expected to be fit for the clash against the United States. 

Kane’s foot seemed to get caught under the challenge of Morteza Pouraliganji at the start of the second half against Iran on Monday. The Tottenham man soldiered on for another 20 minutes before being replaced by Callum Wilson in the 75th minute.

Harry Kane

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The nation held its collective breath when it emerged after the game that the 29-year-old was set to have a scan on his ankle to determine the nature of his injury (The Athletic).

There was a positive update on the England captain on Wednesday, with The Daily Mail revealing that the results of the scan showed the striker had escaped serious damage.

The report stated that the Tottenham man’s ankle will be heavily strapped as a precaution over the coming days but he is expected to feature on Saturday as long as there is no adverse reaction.

Southgate has now explained that Kane actually had a problem with his foot rather than his ankle, and added that he expects the striker to train with the team on Thursday.

The England boss told ITV Football about the striker’s fitness: “He’s good. He’s worked a little bit more individually today, but he’ll be back in with the team tomorrow and good for the game. We just checked him out just to see. It’s not so much the ankle, it’s more the foot.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I never really had any fears that the injury was serious, given that Kane played on for more than 20 minutes. If the striker felt anything in his ankle, he would have asked to be taken off immediately, given his history of ankle injuries.

It is great to hear that the problem does not have anything to do with the 29-year-old’s ankle. The striker has not had any serious ankle or hamstring problems for the last two and a half years. Long may that continue.

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