Harry Kane: Spurs and England striker injures both ankles against Liverpool

1-3 Liverpool: Harry Kane out for several weeks after injuring both ankles – Mourinho.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane could be out for weeks after injuring both ankles in the Premier League defeat against Liverpool, according to his boss Jose Mourinho

Kane, 27, needed treatment on his left ankle after coming down awkwardly from a foul by Jordan Henderson.

The England captain also suffered an injury to his right ankle in an earlier game against Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

The striker, who has had ankle problems in the past, played on before being replaced by Erik Lamela at half-time.

The second injury was worse than the first, Mourinho said. He could handle one, but not both.

Getting out of the game when the team is losing is downright traumatic.

Some players cannot be replaced. If it happens, it happens, but I think we have to fight it, there’s nothing else we can do.

Liverpool’s Harry Kane fouls a tackle by Thiago Alcantara in the 13th minute.

Kane has spent a lot of time on the sidelines in recent seasons with a series of serious ankle injuries.

The striker was absent for extended periods on two occasions in the second half of the 2018/19 season. He missed seven games due to a ligament injury to his left ankle in January 2019 and then missed another nine games due to a side ligament injury in April.

He missed a month of the 2017-18 season with a similar injury to his right ankle and missed six and four weeks of the 2016-17 season.

We can only hope it’s not a joint injury that sidelines him for a long time because he has been absolutely phenomenal this season – his contributions, assists, goals and assists, former Spurs defender Stephen Kelly told Radio 5 Live.

Sometimes he was a complete striker and couldn’t play. Tottenham can’t afford to lose him.

We have been punished by our own mistakes – Mourinho.

Kane’s injury exacerbated Mourinho’s unhappiness when his side, ranked sixth, beat Liverpool 3-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Spurs went into the game with a one point lead and knew that a win would put them back in the top four.

But they fell behind just before half-time when Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead after Spurs’ Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier hesitated rather than deal with Sadio Mane’s cross.

A weak throw-out from Lloris gave Trent Alexander-Arnold the chance to dribble a second before Pierre-Emile Heubjerg’s cracker gave Spurs a glimmer of hope.

But Mane held on for the third goal after Spurs defender Joe Rodon failed to clear the ball, sealing a deserved victory for the visitors.

We have been punished by our own mistakes, Mourinho said.

It went wrong in the first half, we’re not supposed to lose at halftime. I think we came out of the first half very solid and confident.

It’s not easy to get behind 1-0. Losing Harry is not easy. And to make another defensive error in the first minute of the second half, at 2-0, is mentally hard to resist.

But we had a good answer, in the other half, and then another mistake – this time from a young lad [Rodin] who played so well.

But I have to congratulate the guys who stayed on the field because they always tried.


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