When Harry Kane hurt his ankle against Sunderland last weekend, many of us feared the worst. The injury looked bad in real-time, worse on replay, and when we heard that the ankle was still too swollen to scan the following week... well, an eight-week return time was looking optimistic. But earlier today Mauricio Pochettino had good news during his press conference with the media in Moscow:
Poch on Kane: "Still we cannot give a time of recover. We're happy...I am not a doctor, it's hard to say one, two, three weeks."— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) September 26, 2016
This is obviously very, very good news. It means that Kane is virtually a lock to be back for the derby with Arsenal in seven weeks. It also means that we could have him back for the upcoming Champions League ties with Bayer Leverkusen. Depending on what happens in tomorrow’s game with CSKA, those could both be must-win games if we are going to make it out of the group stage.
Of course, this is an injury update from Mauricio Pochettino. So if we these quotes through the Tottenham Injury Translator, we might get a different result:
(opens up Tottenham Injury Translator)
It turns out Harry Kane is actually dead and Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele have both torn their ACLs. (sigh)
More seriously, the other injury news from this trip is that, in addition to Kane, the team will be without Dier, Dembele, Moussa Sissoko, and Danny Rose, all of whom stayed in England. (If Dier and Dembele are fit for Saturday’s game with City, sparing them a hard European road trip could be a very good thing.)