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Kane injury could leave Tottenham striker-light

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A look at Kane’s injuries, Spurs’ record without him, and their other attacking options.

Tottenham are anxiously waiting on news of Harry Kane’s ankle injury sustained against Manchester United on Sunday.

The England captain went down at the end of the 1-0 defeat and walked off very gingerly, with boss Mauricio Pochettino admitting he was worried.

It is not the first time Kane has suffered ankle problems, having sustained similar-looking injuries in each of the last two seasons.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the extent of those injuries, how Spurs coped without him and who might cover him this season if he is set for a spell in the treatment room.

September – November 2016

Kane left the field on a stretcher after first injuring his ankle against Sunderland in 2016
Kane left the field on a stretcher after first injuring his ankle against Sunderland in 2016 (Mike Egerton/PA)

March – April 2017

Kane limped off against Millwall a few months later after hurting his other ankle
Kane limped off against Millwall a few months later after hurting his other ankle (John Walton/PA)

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March – April 2018

Kane spread some pre-World Cup fear when he suffered another injury against Bournemouth last March
Kane spread some pre-World Cup fear when he suffered another injury against Bournemouth last March (John Walton/PA)

Who will replace Kane this time round?

Any lengthy absence for Kane could not have come at a worse time for Spurs as it leaves them severely short of attacking options ahead of an important part of the season. Son Heung-min left for international duty on Sunday night, going to the United Arab Emirates to join up with South Korea’s Asian Cup squad. Lucas Moura is on the comeback trail from injury himself, having missed the last two games with a knee problem, while Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen are expected to leave the club this month.

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