Tottenham Hotspur have stated there will be no update on the condition of Harry Kane until at least Tuesday, according to reports.
The 24-year-old was forced off the pitch shortly after the half-hour mark as Spurs came from 1-0 down to ease past Bournemouth 4-1 at the Vitality Stadium and climb above Liverpool into third place in the process.
Understanding Harry Kane's injury:
Grade 1: Stretched ligaments but no tear itself. (1-3 weeks to fully recover)
Grade 2: A partial tearing of the ligaments. (4-6 weeks to fully recover)
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) March 12, 2018
The deadly frontman is set to undergo a scan to discover the full extent of the damage to his right ankle; however, according to the Belfast Telegraph, the north Londoners have declared that will not happen until Tuesday, at the earliest.
Tottenham have continued to assess the injury since Sunday; because of which Kane left the south coast on crutches, but due to the swelling currently surrounding the area, no scan can yet take place.
A spell on the sidelines could have significant ramifications not only for Spurs – who face Swansea City in a crucial FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday – but also for England; with Gareth Southgate expected to announce his squad ahead of the Three Lions’ March friendlies with Italy and the Netherlands next week and the World Cup only three months away.
However, the silver lining for both club and country can be found in the talisman’s record of returning from injury.
Twice Kane has been dealt a suspected similar injury blow; suffering ligament damage to the same ankle on two occasions last season.
The first; which occurred at Sunderland in 2016, forced the White Hart Lane academy graduate out of action for seven weeks; missing 10 Spurs games in that time.
Although, he then returned within a month after sustaining an almost identical issue against Millwall in the FA Cup last March.
But despite what could be a season-defining absence for Tottenham, boss Mauricio Pochettino remained optimistic and revealed Kane’s mentality had not been shaken.
“We hope that it’s not a massive issue”, said the Argentinian coach, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
A fantastic comeback and phenomenal travelling support.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 11, 2018
“He felt that when he ran and twisted his ankle that it was impossible to stay on the pitch.
“Harry has a great character and is always positive, happy with the victory for the team, of course disappointed with his problem.
“But if you’re positive you start the recovery from injury from now.”
If Kane were to be ruled out to the same extent as 2016, where he missed 10 first-team matches, it would effectively end his domestic season.
Alongside that, due to the lack of match fitness or ability to take part in any final preparations, the England talisman would also most likely miss the World Cup.