Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be back in training next month although he is set to miss matches with the ankle injury he suffered against Bournemouth.
The England international left the field during the first half of the Premier League encounter on Sunday and later departed the stadium on crutches wearing a protective boot.
Disappointing to be out until next month but injuries are part of the game. Will do everything I can to get back out there asap. ðŸ’ª pic.twitter.com/sznSx6C5Kl
— Harry Kane (@HKane) March 14, 2018
Manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed after the match he had taken a knock to his right ankle â€“ the same one that he injured twice last season.
Following scans earlier this week, Tottenham revealed that Kane would be out for around a month with ligament damage, report Sky Sports.
That rules him out of the FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea and up to five league matches.
He will also be unavailable for Englandâ€™s friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.
However, the clubâ€™s assessment is more optimistic than initial press reports that had him sidelined until May.
Tottenham say he will be back training in April and Kane himself is remaining positive about his return to action.
â€œDisappointing to be out until next month but injuries are part of the game,â€ he tweeted.
â€œWill do everything I can to get back out there asap,â€ he added.
With Tottenham battling hard with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea to finish as best of the rest in the Premier League behind Manchester City, the news could have been a lot worse for them.
However, the 24-year-old will almost certainly be absent for crunch matches against the Blues and the Citizens, meaning Pochettino will have to turn to Fernando Llorente or adopt a different formation.
It is not something he has not done before, as Kane missed 16 matches last season with ankle and hamstring problems.
While Spurs fans will be disappointed to be without the striker, England supporters will be breathing a sigh of relief.
A return to action in April gives him plenty of time to find form before spearheading the Three Lionsâ€™ bid for World Cup glory in Russia.