Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino fears Harry Kane’s season might be over after he injured his left ankle against Manchester City last night.
Spurs triumphed over their English counterparts to take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final next week.
Heung-Min Son’s goal with 12 minutes remaining sealed victory for Tottenham after City’s Sergio Aguero had earlier missed a penalty.
However, Spurs talisman Kane left the field of play shortly before the hour mark to be replaced by Lucas Moura.
Tottenham boss Pochettino confirmed after the match that the England international has suffered his second ankle injury of the season.
Kane missed seven games earlier this year with torn ankle ligaments, including Spurs’ 3-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund that set them on their way to the quarter-finals.
He has scored four times since his Tottenham return, increasing his tally for the season to 24 but if Pochettino’s outlook is confirmed, he may not get a chance to add to that.
“It’s a worry for us,” the Argentine told the BBC.
“We are going to miss him – maybe for the rest of the season.”
Kane will undergo scans on his ankle later today and Tottenham’s medical team will then be able to estimate how long he faces on the sidelines.
“We hope it is not a big issue but there is not to much time to recover,” Pochettino added.
“He twisted his ankle so we will see how it reacts in a few hours.”
Kane also missed matches with a right ankle injury last season, meaning this latest blow is worrying for Spurs and its fans.
“We need to check but it looks like it is the same ankle and similar injury,” Pochettino said.
“It is very sad and very disappointing.”
Kane’s absence leaves Pochettino with Moura and Fernando Llorente – who has only just returned to full fitness himself – his most likely options to replace the Englishman upfront.
Next up for Spurs is the Premier League match against relegated Huddersfield Town on Saturday (April 13) before they travel to City for the second leg next Wednesday (April 17).