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England and Spurs striker Kane focused on quick return from injury

Kane, who suffered problems in the same ankle last season, is expected back in training next month.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane is set for a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury (Steven Paston/PA Images)
Tottenham forward Harry Kane is set for a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury (Steven Paston/PA Images)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is determined to make a swift return to action after it was confirmed he would be out of action until April with damaged lateral ligaments in his right ankle.

The England forward suffered the problem during Sunday’s 4-1 win at Bournemouth, and a scan to establish a clearer picture of the full extent of his injury had been delayed because of swelling around the joint.

Tottenham announced details of the “preliminary assessments” in a short statement on the club’s official website on Wednesday afternoon, which said the striker was “expected to return to First Team training next month.”

Kane, who has scored some 39 goals this season for club and country, will now miss Spurs’ FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea on Saturday, as well as upcoming international duty with England.

The striker, though, posted a positive message on his official Twitter page as he targeted a swift return.

“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,” Kane wrote.

Kane was pictured with his foot in a brace and using crutches when out in Essex on Monday.

Both Tottenham and England will be wary of Kane’s previous history of ankle injuries, the forward having suffered ligament damage to the same joint twice last season.

Despite concerns over how long Kane may be out of consideration for – with the World Cup just three months away – his previous ankle problems were of differing severity and time-frames for recovery.

Harry Kane sustained an injury after a clash with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic

The first one kept the forward out for 10 games, from mid-September to early-November 2016.

However, Kane was able to return within a month of the second injury, back playing on April 8 and soon among the goals again before going on to lead the England attack in their June internationals.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will hold a press conference to preview the cup tie on Thursday at 12:30pm, when the issue of Kane’s likely recovery schedule is expected to be raised.

Whatever the full prognosis, the forward will not be fit for England duty during next week’s international break, with the Three Lions set to face Holland and Italy in friendlies.

Tottenham are back in Premier League action following the international break with a trip to top-four rivals Chelsea on April 1.

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