Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane will be out until April after damaging ankle ligaments in Sunday’s Premier League win over Bournemouth.
The striker suffered the injury just half hour into the game at Dean Court, going down in a heap after turning his ankle under a challenge from Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
In initial newspaper reports suggested Kane could be sidelined until May, leaving him in a race to be fit in time for England’s World Cup campaign in Russia, which begins on 18 June.
But Tottenham announced details of the “preliminary assessments” in a short statement on the club’s official website on Wednesday afternoon.
“The England striker sustained the injury following a challenge in our 4-1 win against Bournemouth on Sunday and is expected to return to First Team training next month.”
The 24-year-old reacted to the news with a positive post to fans on social media shortly after.
“Disappointing to be out until next month but injuries are part of the game. Will do everything I can to get back out there asap,” he said.
The injury is to the same ankle which caused him to miss two spells last campaign. The first injury was received in the final minutes of a 1-0 win over Sunderland in September last season, after he suffered a twisted joint, falling awkwardly which kept him out for six weeks.
Then in March he suffered ligament damage for a second time for which he missed only four weeks of play.
Following this latest injury, Kane will miss Tottenham’s FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Swansea City on Saturday and the subsequent international break, with Gareth Southgate’s side in friendly action against Netherlands and Italy.
The striker is also expected to miss the PL clash with Chelsea on the 1st April at Stamford Bridge, but could be back in contention for the match at Stoke on April 7th.