England World Cup concerns for crocked Tottenham striker Harry Kane

Florence Fletcher
March 14, 2018

Tottenham's Premier League leading scorer damaged ankle ligaments for the third time in 18 months in Sunday's 4-1 win at Bournemouth.

According to reports in the British media on Tuesday, the injury is serious enough that Kane is facing a race against time to return to action in time for the World Cup in June.

That would give him a limited amount of time to get match fit in time for the World Cup in Russian Federation with very few fixtures before the end of the season.

Official confirmation is still yet to come from Spurs on the period of time that Kane will likely miss but the Daily Mirror claims that he will be ruled out until the end of April.

He will then miss the semi-finals if they win and four league fixtures after the global break, a potential top four decider against Chelsea and further clashes with Stoke, Manchester City and Brighton.

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He also sits out England's two friendlies this month against Holland and Italy, with manager Gareth Southgate names his squad for that double-header on Thursday.

But, depending on their FA Cup progress and the dates fixtures get rearranged for, he could have two bonus opportunities to build up his fitness ahead of the World Cup.

Both Tottenham and England will be wary of Kane's previous history of ankle injuries.

Spurs snapped up Llorente from Swansea City back on deadline day in August 2016, with Mauricio Pochettino swooping to land the Spaniard after his 15-goal campaign last season.

If a scan confirms ligament damage as expected, with around six weeks out a possible timescale, England's hierarchy do not want any risks taken that could impact his chances at the World Cup this summer.

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