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Tottenham issue Kane, Son injury update

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Tottenham have issued an injury update on Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son and Jose Mourinho seems increasingly positive that they will play together again this season.

Kane hasn’t played since he suffered a hamstring injury on Jan. 1 which required surgery, while Son broke his arm in their 3-2 win at Aston Villa which has left Mourinho without his two first-choice strikers.

Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s mouthwatering clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday (Watch live, 9 a.m. ET online via NBCSports.com), Mourinho revealed that Kane is ahead of schedule with his recovery and is back in training on the pitch.

“I would say he is a little bit ahead. It gives me a hope that instead of (being fit for) one or two matches, three, four, five. Just speculating a bit, the feelings are good. He is doing what he can do at this stage but always with a good feeling. Everything is going well. When he was injured I said ‘forget him’, then I said ‘one or two games’. At this moment I have better hopes than that, hopefully that feeling is right and he can help us in the last few games of the season. He’s obviously a great pro and a fighter and wants to be back as soon as possible. But what is that soon as possible? I don’t know. I cannot imagine when (Heung-min Son will be back) but there is a good possibility that before the end of the season we have Harry and Son playing together.”

This is a boost for Tottenham and Mourinho had previously said he feared that neither Kane nor Son would be available to play again this season.

It appears that both will be able to play a handful of games which could be crucial in helping Tottenham reach their goal of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Son could wear a special cast to help him play as he recovers from arm surgery in his homeland of South Korea, while Kane’s return may be a little longer as Tottenham will not risk rushing their star striker back from injury once again.

Son stepped up admirably in Kane’s absence but his injury has left Tottenham woefully short in attack with Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso their main attacking threats, while Dele Alli and Erik Lamela have both suffered a dip in form.

Mourinho has bemoaned his lack of attacking options and Tottenham’s sluggish attacking displays in their defeats against RB Leipzig and Chelsea proved how much they are missing Kane and Son. If the duo can get back and feature by the end of March or start of April, the final months of the season will look a lot different for Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho’s got a story to tell after Son joins Kane on shelf

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Jose Mourinho’s brain must be a wondrous place, the scenes directed by Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan, and possibly Martin Scorsese, too.

The Tottenham Hotspur boss comes up with amusing tales on an almost weekly basis; How he detailed the club’s striker crisis since he took over is a heaping helping of the  good stuff.

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Mourinho, of course, lost Harry Kane to a long-term injury on New Year’s Day. The club was unable to snare a center forward in the January transfer market despite being linked with Krzyzstof Piatek, Willian Jose, and others.

Now Heung-min Son could miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken arm versus Aston Villa.

The manager was previewing Wednesday’s UCL first leg with RB Leipzig when he realized he needed to give the media something to write outside of the standard “I don’t have a striker” fare. From Football.London:

“You know that I like analogies. Sometimes I do good ones, sometimes I do silly ones. But in this case I’ll try to do one for you. When we arrived we were on the minus 12 floor. We got the stairs and we started climbing. But immediately at the beginning the stairs, they broke. So we were in trouble and we were finding a way to try to get (up). We found a way, we started climbing – lots of work, lots of effort – and we started going and going and going.

And when 11 steps, 11 floors, we go, we go, we go, and when we are arriving on the fourth floor, which is where we wanted to arrive, somebody came and took the stairs away. So now we are in trouble. Now we are with our arms on the balcony on the fourth floor and now we have two options: one is to give up and fall and normally die because it’s the fourth floor. Another way is to fight with what we have – no stairs, but arms. so we are going to be on that balcony fighting with everything that we have and there is only one possibility of help in this incredible fight we have ahead of us. Our public.

No strikers, no market, no players, nothing. The only help we can have now, especially playing at home, is our crowd.”

I am so, so, so glad this cat is back amongst the Premier League managers. The pundit stuff was cool, but the league should sign him to a deal so that he’s contractually obligated to be a manager of one of its 20 clubs at all times.

Tottenham’s Son ruled out with broken arm

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Heung-Min Son could miss the rest of the season with a broken arm as Tottenham’s problems with injuries to star players continue.

It is believed Son suffered the injury in an early challenge with Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa on Sunday and played on through the game. He will now have surgery on the injury.

Jose Mourinho’s surging Spurs are now just one point off the top four ahead of their massive clash at London rivals Chelsea on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) but without Harry Kane until at least April and now without Son at a pivotal stage of the season, they have lost their two main attacking threats.

Here is what Mourinho said when asked if he expects Son to play again this season, as Spurs initially said in a statement that he would only be out for a “number of weeks” after surgery.

“I don’t. If he plays one game or two games, it’s because he (head of communications, Simon Felstein) is very optimistic. I hope he’s right but in my mind, no. In my mind, I’m not thinking about that. If I was the one to write the statement, I would write different. So you can understand what I mean. We miss him,” Mourinho said.

Son has scored six goals in his last five games for Spurs, plugging the gap left behind by Kane’s serious hamstring injury in early January. The South Korean star scored twice in the 3-2 win at Aston Villa on Sunday, including a 94th minute winner to push Tottenham right back into the top four race.

All eyes will now be on Steven Bergwijn who will be asked to support Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso in attack as Spurs do have other options but it is clear Kane and Son are their main goal threats and can be the focal points.

Losing Son is another massive blow for Mourinho but he loves to play the underdog role and will relish it away at Stamford Bridge this Saturday as he returns to Chelsea looking for his first win since 2010 as an opposition manager on his old stomping ground. First up is a UEFA Champions League clash with RB Leipzig as a new hero needs to emerge to take the place of Kane and now Son.

VIDEO: Inside the Mind with Heung-Min Son

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Tottenham star Heung-Min Son sits down with Arlo White to talk about his incredible solo goal against Burnley, the pressure of captaining South Korea during the Asian Games and more.

Since moving to Spurs in 2015 from Bayer Leverkusen, Son has become one of the first players on the Tottenham teamsheet week-in and week-out. The 27-year-old has played every Premier League match he has been eligible for this season, sidelined only by a pair of red card suspensions. He has racked up six goals and eight assists, often playing on the left wing. He also has another five goals and one assist in Champions League play.

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With Harry Kane out for a significant period of time thanks to injury, Son has become a critical figure in the squad, sometimes deployed centrally and other times elsewhere on the field, but the South Korean international remains vital to Spurs.

Tottenham sits sixth in the Premier League table, level on points with fifth-placed Manchester United. With the club also set to take on Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig in Champions League knockout stage action come March, Son will likely play a huge role in the fortunes of Spurs this season and beyond.

Dele drives Spurs past Norwich City

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A win is a win, even if Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 home defeat of Norwich City was anything but convincing in London.

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Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son scored as Spurs climbed sixth in the table with 34 points.

Teemu Pukki scored for the spot for the Canaries, who remain dead last and six points off the safe spaces.

Three things we learned

1. Spurs can score in 2020: The Premier League had not been kind to Jose Mourinho’s men since a they twice came back in a 2-2 draw with these same Canaries at Carrow Road. In fact, Spurs went 315 Premier League minutes without a goal before Dele got his first half marker on Wednesday. Losses to Saints and Liverpool were joined by a weekend draw at Watford, so this win was vital (Spurs thrice scored over two FA Cup matches versus Middlesbrough).

2. Bounces go the way of Spurs: Norwich can forgive itself for feeling a bit snakebit considering how poor Spurs looked for most of the day. Dele’s shot or cross was deflected high toward the back post, where Heung-min Son was able to nod it over the line from extreme close-up range.

3. Serge Aurier shines: Bad Serge Aurier shows up quite a bit, but the full back had a great day on Wednesday. Aurier had an assist to go with two interceptions and three tackles. He was a menace and stuck into 50-50 battles, earning plaudits on the day.

Erik Lamela was lively early for Spurs, seeing a free kick deflected out for a corner and another chance saved by Tim Krul.

Dele put Spurs ahead when he lunged past Christoph Zimmermann to poke a Serge Aurier cross past Krul. Heung-min Son set up the play with a lay-off to the Ivorian.

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VAR was kind to Todd Cantwell early in the second half, as the sliding midfielder put his studs into Lamela and it was worth only a yellow card.

Spurs youngster Ryan Sessegnon fouled Max Aarons in the 68th to give Norwich a chance from the spot, and a long review did not lead to a reprieve. Pukki beat Lloris low and to the right for 1-1.

But Dele’s cross floated to Son for a back post winner and blushes were spared for Mourinho.