Tottenham Hotspur are preparing for their Premier League fixture this weekend against already-relegated Huddersfield Town. That match seems secondary to everything as Spurs supporters want to know the status of Harry Kane and Dele following the 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
The club have provided a brief update and, well...it doesn’t really tell us much other than what we figured happened:
Following assessment over the past two days, we can confirm that Harry Kane has sustained a significant lateral ligament injury to his left ankle following a challenge in our Champions League quarter-final, first leg win against Manchester City.
Investigations are ongoing and he will continue to be assessed by our medical staff over the coming week.
We can also confirm that examinations have revealed that Dele Alli fractured his left hand during Tuesday’s fixture.
The England midfielder will now be assessed to determine his availability for this weekend’s fixture against Huddersfield Town.
This really isn’t a surprise in either case. What is surprising is the club giving this update and making it sound like they haven’t determined a length of time away. Mauricio Pochettino stated that it didn’t look good for Harry Kane after Tuesday’s match, but almost immediately walked back his comments about the striker being done for the season. We will probably learn the timeframe soon, maybe tomorrow in Pochettino’s pre-match presser.
Dele’s injury is a bit more optimistic. While he has a fracture in his hand, we know there are players who have played with soft casts before. Dele is probably going to be held out of the match with Huddersfield but if he can go for the second leg against City, I’d bet on him getting back and playing through the pain.
So even with an update from the club, we haven’t really learned anything: Both are injured. Dele may try to play through it with a cast. Harry is hoping his adamantium kicks in and he heals as quickly as possible.