It was bad news for Spurs after their victory over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday as star striker and key man Harry Kane had to leave the pitch early.
The 24-year-old injured his ankle in a collision with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and it’s the same ankle that has caused him issues three times over the last 18 months. The question is can Spurs still compete on all fronts without Kane or will his absence derail their plans?
Kane is regarded as one of the finest strikers in world football right now and so far this season he has managed to score an impressive 35 goals in 39 games in all competitions. Prior to leaving the pitch in the 34th minute on Sunday due to the ankle injury Kane had scored a goal in each of his last four league games and 7 in his last 7.
Spurs have some huge games coming up and first up is Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Spurs have long been criticised for failing to win any silverware even though they are one of the best outfits in English football and they certainly have a real chance at winning the FA Cup this season. Kane was missing the last time the two sides met due to the same ankle being injured but they did manage to leave Wales with 3 points after a 2-0 victory.
Spurs released a statement to advise people that Kane would be back in first-team training next month but there was no indication as to just how long he would be missing. Turning the attention to the Premier League where Spurs are currently third they are highly likely to be without Kane for at least the games against Newcastle at Wembley and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
You’d probably be inclined to feel that Spurs should have enough about them to beat Newcastle without Kane especially with Heung-Min Son in such great form once again this season. The South Korean has chipped in with 12 goals so far this season and has often been preferred to Fernando Llorente to lead the line in Kane’s absence.
It’s against the better sides in the division where Spurs may really feel Kane’s absence and they play both Chelsea and Manchester City in their next 4 league games. These two fixtures will be pivotal in deciding where Spurs finish this term as they look to put pressure on Manchester United in second place. Kane has proven himself a match-winner over the last few seasons and his goals in the big games could be the difference between finishing second or fourth.
If Kane is just missing for the next 3 games Spurs should be fine without him, especially with Son continuing to come up with the goods consistently. They will, however, miss Kane and it shows that they could probably do with another elite striker next season who can step into the breach in his absence.