Report: Harry Kane spent half of last season in ‘critical zone’ – Risk to health

Harry Kane
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane was one of six England players to have spent half of last season in the ‘critical zone’ which could pose a risk to the longevity of their careers and health, according to the Telegraph. 

Players are in the ‘critical zone’ if they have made two appearances while playing at least 45 minutes without a five-day gap in between. 

And it has now been revealed that Kane and five of his England colleagues played 50 per cent or more of their games in the zone last term. 

Kane made 50 appearances for Spurs last season across all competitions and 10 for the Three Lions (Transfermarkt), with the report stating 33 were in the ‘critical zone’. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Tammy Abraham have been named as those to have also featured heavily in the zone. 

Global players’ union FIFPRO highlighted concerns about players featuring in back-to-back matches regularly, warning the exposure could have grave effects on mental and physical wellbeing. 

A recent survey from the union revealed 87 per cent of professionals were in favour of limiting the number of back-to-back matches across a season to reduce an already heavy workload (Reuters). 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Players are required to play in a lot of matches in a season at such a high level and intensity that it is going to cause a lot of physical and mental strain. 

Something definitely has to change to protect them and reducing the number of back-to-back games with little rest time between should be a good starting point. 

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