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Report: Kane could miss month or more with ankle injury

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur struggles to get to his feet after a heavy challenge in the final moments of the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Tottenham could be without its captain and talismanic striker ahead of the UEFA Champions League knockout round next month.

The Guardian reports that Tottenham fears Harry Kane could miss one or more months with yet another ankle injury, suffered late during Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Kane’s injured ankle is reportedly still too swollen to know the full extent of the damage, but with big games coming up, it would be a huge blow to both Kane and the club.

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Kane has been omnipresent this season and he’s lived up to the billing yet again, with 14 league goals in 22 matches and another six goals in cup competitions. The England captain has suffered ankle injuries in each of the past three seasons, including missing six weeks with injury in 2016.

Should Kane miss time, it would leave Tottenham without their star for the second leg of the League Cup against Chelsea, an FA Cup match at Crystal Palace, and two more Premier League games before the start of February. Tottenham host Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League knockout round on February 13 before heading to Germany for the second leg on March 3. If this is a minor ankle injury, Kane would likely be back for that.

Without Kane, and with Heung-min Son headed to the Asian Cup for the next two weeks, Tottenham will likely have to rely on 33-year-old forward Fernando Llorente, who hasn’t been a full-time starter for the last two seasons since joining Spurs.