So ligament damage it is for Tottenham’s Harry Kane, following the awkward twist of his lower right leg in the Premier League on Sunday. With the timeframe for return unknown, manager Mauricio Pochettino suggests that his progress will be, “monitored every day.”
The onus now falls on Vincent Janssen, as forecast here earlier, in the striker role. A goal in the League Cup against Gillingham on Wednesday night could help to kickstart the Netherlands man’s Spurs Career. It could also give him the confidence needed to lead the line in at least the next Premier League contest, if not the next few.
Kane’s absence will no doubt hurt Spurs, but there is better news on the other injured Tottenham players. Both Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier were cleared of serious injury, a critical outcome given the pair’s importance across the last 12-18 months. The versatile Dier and Dembele the dribbling debonair will surely be rested however until the weekend.
This gives further opportunities to youth, with the likes of Josh Onomah and young American Cameron Carter-Vickers perhaps the most likely beneficiaries. The latter has seemingly earned a start against a lower-League club following a strong pre-season and the mystery of Kevin Wimmer’s continued absence from the matchday squad. He could slot in to the centre of defence on Wednesday alongside one of the experienced Belgians, Vertonghen and Alderweireld.
Onomah meanwhile is an option to at least appear off the bench in an advanced midfield role. There may also be opportunities for the likes of the re-contracted Tom Carroll and reserve right back Kieran Trippier, whilst Ben Davies may have earned a reprieve at left back.
Yet the main focus will remain on Harry Kane and just how quickly he can return, from both a Tottenham and England perspective. A crowded schedule for club and country includes the league, league cup and Champions League football, plus World Cup qualifiers to come. Kane will want to make a swift recovery to ensure he plays a crucial role in all competitions. So will his teammates and fans.