Kane injury layoff dents Spurs' league title hopes

Sports | 17 Jan 2019

Harry Kane was ruled out for around two months because of ligament damage in his left ankle, dealing a huge blow to Tottenham's chances of winning a first piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.

The England captain was not expected to return to training until early March, Spurs said, after getting injured in the last seconds of the 1-0 loss to Manchester United. That rules Kane out of at least seven Premier League matches and probably both legs of his team's Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

Kane also is sure to miss the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea, as well as the February 24 final should Spurs advance. Tottenham have a 1-0 lead from the first leg, courtesy of a penalty from Kane.

"Injuries are part of the game," Kane said in a tweet, "but no one will be working harder to get back fit."

Tottenham's other main source of goals in recent months has been Son Heung Min, but the South Korea forward has just left the club to join up with his national team at the Asian Cup. Son isn't expected back until early February, so he will miss at least five games in all competitions.

Tottenham are third in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Liverpool. They are also through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, where they face Crystal Palace on January 27.

In the absence of Kane and Son, Pochettino could turn to either Fernando Llorente, usually a late substitute in matches, or attacking midfielder Dele Alli as the main striker.

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