Crocked Kane may yet be fit for Arsenal tie

Harry Kane, last season's Premier League top scorer with 25 goals, holds his ankle during a Premier League match against Sunderland at home on Sept 18. The Tottenham forward was stretchered off.
Harry Kane, last season's Premier League top scorer with 25 goals, holds his ankle during a Premier League match against Sunderland at home on Sept 18. The Tottenham forward was stretchered off. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Spurs striker will not be out with a long-term ankle injury but no time frame on his return

LONDON • Harry Kane is not as badly injured as first feared and could return to play for Tottenham Hotspur against bitter rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Nov 6.

The England striker damaged ankle ligaments against Sunderland 10 days ago and was expected to be out for up to two months, but it is clear that time frame was somewhat pessimistic.

"We received a report and it is much better than expected," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday.

"Maybe we can reduce the time, but we can't say how long he will be out for: one week, four weeks, eight weeks. All I can say is the scan was very positive."

Pochettino has been extremely reluctant to publicly divulge any time frames, because he feels it is unfair on Kane.

But he did say that, just before he began his pre-match press conference in Moscow ahead of Tottenham's Champions League match against CSKA Moscow early this morning (Singapore time), that he had received good news that could "reduce the time" for which the striker is out.

"We are happy," Pochettino said. "The scan was very positive. But still we cannot give how long it will be to recover."

If Kane were to recover in time for the North London derby, he may also be in contention for England's World Cup qualifier against Scotland five days later.

Kane was last season's Premier League top scorer with 25 goals. He also netted twice in Spurs' opening five league games this season.

He is one of five senior Tottenham players who did not travel to Moscow.

Pochettino also had to do without Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose, who have hamstring strains. Moussa Sissoko is also suffering from suspected concussion.

"Eric Dier and Dembele are recovering from minor problems (suffered) against Sunderland, and Sissoko got concussion during game at Middlesbrough," Pochettino said.

"They're okay but we don't want to take a risk. We've a lot of games ahead, and it's difficult period with them and for the national teams. We're not taking a risk with them. They're training well."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2016, with the headline 'Crocked Kane may yet be fit for Arsenal tie'. Print Edition | Subscribe