The fears of Tottenham fans everywhere have been realized, Spurs will be without star striker Harry Kane for a significant amount of time.
On Tuesday, the club announced that Kane sustained damaged ligaments in his left ankle in the 1-0 loss to Manchester United this past weekend. He is expected to return in March.
Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that @HKane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday's match.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 15, 2019
He will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March. pic.twitter.com/Ot3doPa4K6
Kane was injured in the final moments of the United game when he slid to ground in an attempt to win the ball. Spurs’ talisman has missed extended time due to similar ankle injuries a few times in the last couple years.
This injury means Kane will be unavailable for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals against Chelsea on January 24th. It also means he will at least miss the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League knockout stage tie with Borussia Dortmund. The second leg of that series is scheduled for March 5th, so maybe Kane can make it if he recovers quickly.
In the past, Kane has worked incredibly hard to come back early from injuries. The match before the first tilt with Dortmund sees Spurs hosting the North London Derby, and there is also another clash with Chelsea in there at the end of February.
Kane is going to miss some important matches, and he could be forced to miss a potential first game at Tottenham’s new stadium, if the club ever actually moves in.
His loss hurts even more because Son Heung-Min has just joined up with the South Korean national team for the 2019 Asian Cup. He will likely be away for at least Tottenham’s next five matches.
Fernando Llorente is an option at striker in the absences of Kane and Son. However, he hasn’t contributed much in the Premier League, and is rumored to want a transfer back to Spain in January.
The transfer window is open, but it still seems unlikely that any new players will be bought.