Harry Kane is not expected to return to action until at least March, as scans on his injured hamstring have revealed a serious tear. The Tottenham striker limped off during his team’s 1-0 New Year’s Day defeat at Southampton and José Mourinho, the manager, made it clear on Friday lunchtime that he had started to plan for a number of weeks without him.
The club are wary of putting a public timeframe on Kane’s absence, partly because they know that he is a quick healer, who has usually returned ahead of schedule from previous injuries. There are also further checks that need to be made. But the bottom line is that the prognosis from the scans and tests so far is grim.
Spurs have six Premier League matches between now and the start of March, including home games against Liverpool and Manchester City, and a visit to Chelsea. They face RB Leipzig at home in the first-leg of the Champions League last 16 on 18 February, with the return not until 10 March.
Head up. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. pic.twitter.com/tqK526b3Ow— Harry Kane (@HKane) January 3, 2020
Heung-Min Son’s return from suspension is a timely boost in that regard—he has notched 10 goals and nine assists this season.
The South Korean may be pushed further forward in Kane’s absence, as Tottenham do not have a senior centre-forward to replace the England international.