Rog and Davo break down Manchester United’s 2 – 1 over Liverpool and the fallout from Mourinho’s Mob’s Champions League loss to Seville. Plus, a temperature check at Arsenal and Spurs lose Harry Kane to injury.
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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the extent of Harry Kane’s ankle injury.
The Premier League’s leading goalscorer, 24, came off early in Tottenham’s 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday after coming off worse in a collision with opposition goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as he scored but was flagged offside.
It had been reported that Kane could be out until the end of April, which meat he would have missed considerable time ahead of the 2018 World Cup, where he is due to captain England.
Spurs didn’t confirm when Kane will return but did say next month is the aim, with damaged ligaments less severe than what was initially feared. Kane will miss England’s upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy with a similar injury to what he suffered last season.
Although Spurs could well have Kane back for a potential FA Cup semifinal, losing him for a pivotal stretch of the season as they aim to secure their spot in the top four of the Premier League is far from ideal.
Heung-Min Son must continue to step up with goals, while Fernando Llorente, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela will all play key roles in the coming months.
Kane’s personal ambition to win the PL’s Golden Boot as the top scorer for a third-straight season will also take a hit due to this enforced absence (Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero will be licking their lips) but he won’t miss too many PL games as FA Cup and international action take center stage over the next few weeks.
Mauricio Pochettino may have been handed a tactical dilemma for big Premier League matches against Chelsea and Manchester City amongst others: How do we find finish without Harry Kane?
According to a report from The Mirror, Kane will miss matches late into April with his third ankle ligament injury since the start of the 2016-17 season.
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Kane is the joint-leading goal scorer in the Premier League, his 24 level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The report gets a little too salacious with claims the late April return could cause Kane to be less than fully fit for the World Cup, which begins on June 18 against Tunisia with friendlies the previous two weeks.
A month is plenty of time to get fit, but any setbacks would, however, qualify as a problem for England.
Pochettino did not turn to Fernando Llorente when Kane exited Sunday’s win over Bournemouth, and the Argentine boss may go for a ‘false 9’ set-up.
Spurs play Llorente’s old club, Swansea, in weekend FA Cup action before visiting Chelsea and Stoke City and hosting Man City in the Premier League.
Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle discuss “the Sunday that was” in the Premier League: Arsenal came to play as they beat Watford 3-0 at the Emirates (1:20) but despite the win, questions remain: are the Gunners far too inconsistent or just not good enough (12:08)? Plus, the guys analyze Tottenham’s come-from-behind win at Bournemouth (17:15), lament Harry Kane’s injury (22:00) and make some mid-week European predictions (27:54).
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Tottenham Hotspur overcame a slow start with a fantastic finish in a 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday, but most of the post-match talk had to do with injuries.
[ RECAP: Bournemouth 1-4 Spurs ]
And while Dele Alli did limp off late, the focus was on Harry Kane. The red-hot English striker left the match after just 30 minutes with an injury to the same ankle which cost him playing time on two separate occasions last season
Here’s Mauricio Pochettino:
“I am concerned until tomorrow, and the scan. We can say nothing more.
“Of course I worry about him, his ankle we hope it is not a massive issue for him and the team and hope he can recover as soon as possible and be available.”
Jan Vertonghen spoke of the injury and its potential ramifications on Spurs’ quest for the Top Four.
“We have to wait for news on Harry,” Vertonghen said. “He is a great player and if it is a serious injury we will miss him. But with guys like Sonny, Erik Lamela and so many others they stepped up.”
Heung-Min Son scored a pair of goals on Sunday in another Man of the Match caliber performance, and related that he spoke to Kane at halftime.
Kane told Son it was a twisted ankle, and Son summed up the feelings of so many Spurs supporters when he said.
“Harry Kane is really, really important for us. He is one of the best players in the world.”