Harry Kane is going to be sidelined for a lengthy period of time, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho confirmed. The Portuguese avoided commenting on the exact amount of time Kane will miss, but revealed his feeling that it is not a minor injury has proven to be right.
Harry Kane will be missed
The London club captain suffered a tear in his hamstring in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton at New Year’s Eve. He already missed the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and will be out of contention for a long time.
“I think it is better for the medical department to speak about it or make an official report. The only thing that I can add is that the feelings I had that it was not a small injury were correct,” Mourinho said.
“It is not a small injury, but I cannot speak about (recovery) times.”
Even though the former Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Man United manager does not want to emphasize the absence of his captain, it’s certainly going to be tough for the team to play without him. Now it’s up to Mourinho to find a way around and replace Kane’s absence.
“In this moment it is not going to be, ‘Harry, Harry, Harry, Harry’. We have what we have and we stick with them. The boys did what they can, you cannot transform Lucas or Son into a number nine like Harry Kane.”
“So we have to try other things and that is what we are going to do. Harry is out, obviously every minute he doesn’t play means a lot to us, it is a big loss for us but we have to accept it and we have to fight with the boys that are available.”
Kane is not the only Tottenham player to be out with an injury. Danny Rose, Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, and Tanguy Ndombele are all currently out of action, while Moussa Sissoko also picked up an injury in the game with Southampton.
“I don’t know. I don’t know but injured from the game against Southampton,” Mourinho commented on Sissoko.
“A ball he had with (James) Ward-Prowse. He had it and felt it but kept playing until the end. He’s injured.”