Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, according to multiple sources including The Independent, has suffered a muscle injury while in training with England and is now a major doubt for England’s Nations League match against Belgium today.
Kane had been in scintillating form for Spurs over the past couple of weeks. He already has eight goals and seven assists in all competitions in just eight games, including a league-leading six Premier league assists. He’s been, along with Son Heung-Min, a critical part of Tottenham’s offense in the early part of the Premier League season, and in Spurs’ run through Europa League qualifying into the group stages.
We don’t know the extent of the injury, or any more details beyond it involves a “muscle.” There are no indications as to how much time he might miss or whether it could bleed over into Spurs’ next Premier League match, next weekend vs. West Ham. What we do know is that Kane has been plagued with injuries over the past few years, and it would really, really suck to lose him for any extended period of time right when he was getting back to his peak.
We also should feel confident that he probably does have some sort of an injury. We suspected Jose Mourinho was playing mind games with Son Heung-Min’s “out for a while” injury a couple of weeks ago, only to see him come back and start within a week. But this isn’t Jose Mourinho — it’s Gareth Southgate, and Harry Kane. And if there’s one thing we know about Harry Kane, it’s that he fuckin’ LOVES playing for England and wouldn’t fake an injury to get out of being England captain.
It’s likely, however, that this won’t endear Southgate to Mourinho, who noted how many matches Kane had been involved in over the past few weeks and asked Southgate to “protect” the striker.
International football: it’s bad!