EPL: Spurs captain Harry Kane sidelined with injury until March

Kane was caught in an awkward tackle against Manchester United .
Kane was caught in an awkward tackle against Manchester United . Photo credit: Getty

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is expected to be out of action until March, after suffering ankle-injury damage, the Premier League club has announced.

The England captain suffered the problem during the final stages of Spurs' 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday (NZ time), with tests taking place once the injury settled down.

"Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday's match against Manchester United," a statement on the club's website read. 
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"The striker will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March."

Kane was injured after being caught in the middle of Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof, as Spurs chased an equaliser against United.

It is the third successive season that he has suffered an ankle injury, the most recent one keeping him out for a fortnight last March.

The injury is a huge blow to third-placed Tottenham's titles hopes, with the loss to United leaving them nine points behind EPL leaders Liverpool.

Kane is now set to miss the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea, which Spurs lead 1-0, as well as at least six Premier League matches, including the trip to Stamford Bridge on February 27 and the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at home to Borussia Dortmund.

The striker is also hugely likely to be unavailable for the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2 and the return meeting with Dortmund three days later, but could be back in contention for England's opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic on March 22.             

PA