Pochettino can count on Spurs star Son to step up

Tottenham Hotspur's Heung-min Son celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Ch

Tottenham Hotspur's Heung-min Son celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Champions League quarter-final, first leg match against Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Harry Kane looks set to be ruled out for the rest of the season with the ankle injury he suffered in the Manchester City game

Spurs look set to be without Harry Kane for the next few matches at least after he hurt his ankle again in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League.

The England captain suffered a blow to his ankle in the 55th minute when he lunged in on Fabian Delph.

City’s left-back for the night caught Kane in his follow through on the touchline, but made his feelings known to the Tottenham Hotspur star straight after.

Nevertheless, it was Spurs’ talisman who fared worst and boss Mauricio Pochettino is worried the 25-year-old could miss the rest of the season.


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Post-match, he admitted it may be ligament damage again like in January which saw Kane miss games with Fulham, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Watford, Newcastle United, Leicester City and Borussia Dortmund.

In his absence, Heung-min Son stepped up and he made the breakthrough on Tuesday in the victory over City in front of 60,044 spectators.

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Speaking about the South Korean after the 1-0 success, Pochettino said: “I think Son deserves this. He always smiles and has the right attitude and he does not only depend on talent.

“He ticks all the boxes and if there is one player who deserves to score or deserves to be praised it is him.”

Tottenham will look to the former Bayer Leverkusen ace in the immediate future in the anticipation Kane is ruled out for the foreseeable future.

Spurs are waiting for the swelling of his ankle to go down before they can send him for a scan, but he is likely to go today or tomorrow.

When that occurs, there is a big chance he will be ruled out of the rest of the Premier League season which draws to a close on May 12.

Son, who grabbed his 18th goal of the campaign against City, will aim to fill the void, starting with Saturday’s game with already-relegated Huddersfield Town in N17.

Tottenham won 2-0 away to the Terriers on September 29 following a Kane brace and the Lilywhites will attempt to secure a third straight win in their new stadium at the weekend.

After Huddersfield’s visit to the capital, Pochettino’s men will travel to Manchester on Wednesday, April 17 for the quarter-final second leg tie.

Even with a 1-0 advantage, Spurs remain underdogs with the bookies to progress into the semi-finals, but with Son in form, anything is possible.

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