As if losing 3-1 to Liverpool at home in another listless performance marred by individual defensive errors wasn’t bad enough, Tottenham Hotspur will now be without their best player, Harry Kane, for “a few weeks” according to Jose Mourinho.
Kane injured both of his ankles in the first half of Thursday’s loss, coming back onto the pitch after treatment both times, but asked to be substituted at halftime. In his post-match press conference, Mourinho said that he didn’t know how long Kane would be sidelined, but it’s likely going to be for a while.
“For Harry to leave a game, when he wants to play always and with the team losing, for Harry to come out is not a nothing injury. It’s an injury. For how long I can’t tell you, I don’t know. We have to wait and see.
Mourinho went into a little more detail about the injury immediately after the match.
““Two ankles, the first was a bad tackle, it was Thiago, the second one I didn’t know well. The second injury was worse than the first one. He was coping with one but couldn’t cope with both. For Harry to leave a game when the team is losing is not a nothing injury.
“But two injuries in both ankles, the second one worst than the first one – a few weeks, I don’t know. There are some players you can’t replace. When it happens it happens, but I believe we have to fight against it, we cannot do anything else.”
At this point we all should be lighting candles and saying a few prayers that it isn’t ligament damage, since that’s what has kept Kane out injured the past few years. It’d be somewhat cruel if it was, considering how good Kane’s been, and any lengthy injury has the potential to derail not only Kane’s pursuit of the Premier League assist record, but also Tottenham’s season.
A three week recovery time would put his return at or around when Sergio Reguilon would also be returning, but we’ll just have to wait until we know more about the extent of his injuries.
Presumably, Carlos Vinicius will get opportunities with the first team while Kane is out. That is, after all, why we loaned him. Let’s hope he takes advantage of those chances (or at least more than he did against Wycombe).