Tottenham confirm Kane suffered ‘significant’ ankle ligament injury

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For the second time this calendar year, Tottenham are set to be without captain and talisman Harry Kane for an extend period of time.

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On Thursday, the club announced in a statement that Kane suffered “significant lateral ligament injury to his left ankle,” during Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday. Tottenham also stated that they will continue to assess Kane before announcing a timetable for his return.

In a similar injury to his left ankle in January, Kane wound up missing five weeks, returning faster than expected.

Ultimately, even if Kane misses another five weeks, it would leave Spurs without their star for the return leg at Manchester City, as well as the stretch run in the Premier League. There’s only a month left of matches in the league, which means Kane could miss the rest of the season as Tottenham looks to remain in the top four. It’s the latest bit of drama in a drama-filled Premier League season.

In addition to the announcement about Kane, Tottenham stated that Dele Alli suffered a broken left hand. However, they’re still assessing his hand to see if he can be available to play against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Ironically, even without Kane and Alli in January, Tottenham had a decent run of results, as Heung-Min Son turned into a goal-scoring machine. Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be relying on Son even more down the stretch.

Report: Tottenham planning for Kane, Alli to return for second leg

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Tottenham has circled March 5 on their calendar as the day that their star attackers, Harry Kane and Dele Alli, will be back to full fitness, according to The Telegraph.

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March 5 is the date of Tottenham’s return leg against Borussia Dortmund, three weeks from tomorrow when they play their first leg at Wembley Stadium against the Bundesliga leaders. According to the report, Kane has made an impressive recovery from tearing ankle ligaments in mid-January, and could even return to the field as early as Feb. 23 at Burnley. Alli, on the other hand, has reportedly returned to gym work and could be back in full training by the beginning of March.

Alli has been out since mid-January as well after suffering a hamstring injury. Both players were expected to be out until mid-March or later, but their early recovery has provided a huge boost for the club.

Tottenham was bounced from both the FA Cup and League Cup in late January but have won three straight matches in the Premier League. While Dortmund seems the favorite in Wednesday’s matchup, a Tottenham with Kane and Alli back in the squad can take down nearly any team in Europe.

Dele out until March with hamstring strain

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Dele Alli has joined Harry Kane as key Tottenham Hotspur attackers on the shelf until March.

Dele scored in Sunday’s defeat of Fulham, but the match cost him plenty; The lively 22-year-old hurt his hamstring while tumbling past the end line late in the match.

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Spurs say he will not return to training until early March, and leading scorer Kane was already sidelined until that month.

This could spur Spurs — pun completely intended — into the transfer market. The club wasn’t expected to spend to make up for Kane’s injury, but this is a big ask.

Look at the fixtures, which are at least home-heavy.

  • Chelsea (A) – EFL Cup – January 24
  • Crystal Palace (A) – FA Cup – January 27
  • Watford (H) – Premier League – January 30
  • Newcastle (H) – Premier League – February 2
  • Leicester (H) – Premier League – February 10
  • Borussia Dortmund (H) – Champions League – February 13
  • Burnley – Premier League (A) – February 23
  • League Cup Final – February 25* if Spurs reach the final
  • Chelsea – Premier League (A) – February 27

The second leg of the UCL tie with Borussia Dortmund is March 5, and it’s difficult to believe Spurs can knock off the German leaders without two of their brightest talents.

As much of an impression as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making at Old Trafford, imagine how in-demand Mauricio Pochettino will be if he can navigate this mess.

The ‘other’ Harry! Winks scores late for Spurs (video)

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Harry Winks‘ goal in the third minute of stoppage time led Tottenham Hotspur past Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

It was Winks first goal since November 19, 2016 v. West Ham United.

Dele Alli scored and was injured in the win, which started with Fernando Llorente scoring an own goal.

Spurs are now nine points back of Liverpool, while Fulham has 14 points, seven behind 17th place Newcastle United.

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Spurs had most of the ball in the first 10 minutes, but Fulham came alive in spurts. New addition Ryan Babel worked Davinson Sanchez to earn a corner kick, and Denis Odoi sliced a chance wide off the set piece.

Fulham went deservedly ahead five minutes later, when Llorente’s vision was obscured on a corner kick and his reaction only prodded the ball into his net.

Sergio Rico saved a Llorente chance at the other end in the 23rd minute, as Spurs angled for an equalizer.

Fulham appeared to have made it 2-0 when Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded a rebund over the line in the 41st minute, but the Serbian striker was ruled offside.

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Spurs leveled the score off a flub from American center back Tim Ream in the 52nd minute, with Christian Eriksen flicking a cross to Dele for the headed finish.

Danny Rose had a shot deflected off a sliding Odoi and hit the bar near the hour mark.

Llorente missed turning Rose’s free kick into the goal from near-sitter range in the 82nd minute, and was denied a penalty shout as the match entered stoppage time.

De Gea, Man Utd stymy Spurs at Wembley (video)

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  • De Gea makes 11 saves
  • Pogba spies Rashford for spectacular goal
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Marcus Rashford scored the goal, and David De Gea did the rest as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in the latest feather for interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s cap.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was especially good in pulling the Red Devils level on points with fifth place Arsenal, six points back of the Top Four.

Spurs’ title ambitions take a huge hit, sinking nine points behind leaders Liverpool and remaining two back of Man City before Monday’s final match of Week 22.

Harry Kane was injured deep in stoppage time and limped down the tunnel after the final whistle.

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There was early action to be sure, as Harry Winks missed a pair of promising bids to hit the frame before Jesse Lingard hammered a shot over goal and Marcus Rashford cut a shot to Hugo Lloris at the other end.

Lloris stopped an in-tight effort from Anthony Martial in the 18th minute, and an ensuing corner was cleared by Spurs’ Harry Kane.

The English captain thought he’d put Spurs ahead when he poked a loose ball past De Gea, but he was offside when Dele Alli touched Kieran Trippier‘s cross.

Paul Pogba swept a tremendous ball over the Spurs defense to meet Rashford’s run, and the young Englishman spun a pinpoint ball inside the far post.

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De Gea stopped Kane on a prime chance just three minutes into the second half. He’d then make an outstanding low save on Dele 90 seconds later.

The chances kept coming, with Lloris and De Gea trading moments between the sticks.

Dele had a long 2v1 cued up by Erik Lamela, but couldn’t get the ball across to Heung-Min Son and hit a ball into De Gea’s shins.

De Gea then made another strong reaction save, his left leg planted on the goal line to deny Kane at close range.

And again! De Gea’s right foot stopped Kane from eight yards out in the 86th.