Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is expected to miss several weeks of action after suffering a torn hamstring in Wednesday’s 1-nil loss to Southampton.
No timetable has been given for Kane’s return to Spurs, who currently sit sixth in the Premier League on 30 points, nine goals ahead of seventh-place Wolves.
Kane, who has scored 27 goals for both Spurs and for the England national team during this season, limped off the pitch, grabbing his left hamstring. Spurs said in a statement that the club’s medical staff will continue to monitor his progress in terms of treatment, and that there is currently no timetable for the 26-year-old’s return to football.
Since we don’t know the severity of the tear, it’s difficult to figure out the amount of time Kane will need to recover from this. And no one ever wants to see a solid footballer go down with a bad injury. Right now, it’s a wait-and-see approach for the England man.
Kane’s importance to Spurs is massive, especially with many of the things the North London side do go through him.
Can the Tottenham handle a loss of Kane’s magnitude? Of course it can. In order to do that, though, it means players such as Son Heung-min, players such as Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen… they all need to step up their games and get ready to step into the void left by Kane’s injury. All are dangerous players and can score.
But when one looks at the upcoming set of fixtures for Spurs, it might be one of those stretches where the season can be held together, or adversely broken.
This weekend, Spurs will travel to Middlesbrough for the FA Cup, but then will host league leaders Liverpool next Saturday, then take on Watford and Norwich to close out the month of January. Six points out of those three are absolutely do-able if the Tottenham of the last decade can hold together without Kane.
In February, it’s tougher: after hosting Manchester City on Feb. 2, Spurs are at Aston Villa Feb. 16, the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against Leipzig, and then at Chelsea on Feb. 22.
We obviously do not want to speculate here about what will happen in a month and a half’s time, and we’re obviously not taking other teams around Spurs into consideration; points are won and lost on the pitch, not on paper. Yet it would not surprise me if the pundits in England put the Tottenham under a microscope should Kane not return to full fitness by the time the club heads to Stamford Bridge later next month.