It has largely been all smiles for Tottenham in the Champions League of late, but there was a sharp intake of breath around the new stadium when Harry Kane went down injured in the quarter-final first leg against Man City.
Kane went into a challenge late with Fabian Delph, twisting his foot between Delph’s studs and the turf and sustaining yet another ankle ligament injury.
The initial prognosis was that Kane could be out for the rest of the season (Guardian), but that may now have changed.
Firstly, Tottenham’s season may be extended if they reach the final of the Champions League, which is set to be played on June 1 in Madrid.
Secondly, the Daily Mails’ Sportsmail reported yesterday that Kane is already out of his protective boot, and his ankle is reacting well to walking unaided.
Kane will now face a race against time to be fit and ready for the Champions League final, if Spurs make it, and the UEFA Nations League with England on June 6.
Pochettino has added to the hopes of Spurs and England fans too, as he claimed Kane can be fit for the start of June.
Poch said (Guardian): “My gut is maybe he can be available [for the Champions League final] because I know Harry Kane, the determination to work and to be focused and recover as soon as possible. But I am not a doctor. This is only my gut.
“I hope he can be available. He’s doing well but today I cannot guess. He can be available before or after – that is going to depend on his rehab. Now he is in a very good period that is going forward quick but always the last moment is the most difficult – to take the decision to play or not.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Harry Kane has had four ankle ligament damage injuries in his career, and the periods on the sidelines have ranged from three weeks to seven weeks. Three weeks from the injury would take us up to the 30th of this month, while seven weeks would conclude on June 1. The past suggests that Kane could make it back in time for the potential Champions League final, but whether he will be fit enough, and in form enough to play is another question. Either way, getting Kane back as quickly as possible will give Pochettino and Southgate a good kind of selection headache.
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