Dele doubtful for Terriers clash and Kane set for lengthy lay-off
PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 April 2019
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Tottenham Hotspur are hopeful Dele Alli’s broken hand won’t sideline him for long, but Harry Kane is unlikely to feature again this season
Spurs have confirmed forward Harry Kane has sustained a significant lateral ligament injury to his left ankle.
The Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate suffered the problem following a tackle on Manchester City’s Fabian Delph in Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win in the last-eight first leg.
A club statement on Kane read: “Investigations are ongoing and he will continue to be assessed by our medical staff over the coming week.”
Boss Mauricio Pochettino was reluctant to set a timescale on the striker’s recovery, but he looks set to be out for the rest of the Premier League campaign.
Kane usually recovers quickly from his ankle injuries and may target the semi-final in the Nations League against the Netherlands on June 6 as a return date or the final of the Champions League on June 1 if Spurs can somehow make it there.
However, given his frequency in suffering ankle injuries, it could be argued England’s captain could do with a significant break following a demanding 12 months and Spurs will hope he can return fit and fresh for the start of pre-season.
The news on Dele Alli is better, although he fractured his left hand during the victory at home to City.
Given the quick turnaround and the important matches coming up, it looks likely he will miss Saturday’s clash in the Premier League against Huddersfield Town.
The Terriers are the third visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Spurs need to put the already-relegated side to the sword in their quest for a top-four finish.
While they will be without Kane and Alli, there are no other new injury problems for Pochettino to deal with.
Forgotten man Vincent Janssen is currently unavailable with an ankle issue, though is set to return to training next week.
Meanwhile the likes of Serge Aurier (hamstring), Eric Dier (hip flexor) and Erik Lamela (hamstring) are out of the Huddersfield fixture.
All three are continuing on-field rehabilitation and the club are hopeful they will be back available for selection soon as Tottenham continue to fight for a place in the top-four and a spot in the Champions League semi-finals.