Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Harry Kane could miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury he sustained in the 1-0 win against Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Kane, 25, was forced off in the second-half after a heavy challenge by City’s Fabian Delph, and Pochettino has since admitted that the striker could have a lay-off so lengthy that he will not play again this term.
“It’s very, very sad,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Independent. “It’s going to be tough and we’re going to miss him – maybe for the rest of the season.”
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT TOTTENHAM?
Losing Kane is going to be a massive blow, as it would losing any player of his quality. The England captain is one of the best centre-forwards in world football and Spurs will certainly notice a difference without him on the pitch. It is the news that Spurs fans will surely have been dreading to see that Kane could miss the rest of the campaign, especially as they are currently struggling to hold down a spot in the top-four of the Premier League. Going into Saturday’s clash against Huddersfield, Spurs are one point ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, and three points ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United. Tottenham won all four league fixtures without Kane earlier in the season when he had an ankle injury, but they have tougher fixtures in the coming weeks than they did back in the winter.
WHAT NEXT FOR TOTTENHAM?
Spurs really lack strength in depth among their striker options. Fernando Llorente was not terrible in Kane’s last spell on the sidelines, but he is past his sell-by date and a club like Spurs should have better back-up options than him and first team outcast Vincent Janssen. Once again, the man who will be asked to help Tottenham in their hour of need is Heung-min Son. The South Korea international scored the winner against Man City on Tuesday after Kane went off injured and he appears to thrive under the pressure of leading Tottenham’s attack.
Son has scored two goals against Man City since Kane last found the net against the Citizens back in February 2016.