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Blow for Spurs and England as Kane's injury deemed 'significant'

Spell out: Harry Kane suffered the injury against Man City
Spell out: Harry Kane suffered the injury against Man City

By Jonathan Veal

England captain Harry Kane has suffered a "significant lateral ligament injury" to his left ankle.

Club and country have been sweating over the striker's fitness ever since he was withdrawn in the second half of Tottenham's Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Manchester City on Tuesday.

And the news does not appear to be good for the 25-year-old, with his club painting a potentially bleak picture in a statement last night, with no timescale yet to be given.

"Following assessment over the past two days, we can confirm that Harry Kane has sustained a significant lateral ligament injury to his left ankle following a challenge in our Champions League quarter-final, first-leg win against Manchester City," Tottenham said.

"Investigations are ongoing and he will continue to be assessed by our medical staff over the coming week."

Kane vowed to come back "stronger than ever" on Wednesday, in the wake of his second injury of the season and a fifth in two and a half years.

"Gutted to go off injured but every setback is a chance to come back stronger than ever. Big finish from the boys to go on and win!" he wrote on Twitter.

That big finish now involves trying to complete the job against City, with Spurs 1-0 up going into the second leg of their all-England quarter-final, while the club remain in the hunt for a top-four finish in the league.

Internationally, Kane was set to lead England into this summer's Nations League Finals in Portugal. It remains to be seen what, if any, part he will now play for the Three Lions.

There could be good news for Spurs with regards another player, though. They have confirmed that Dele Alli has fractured his left hand, but have yet to rule him out of this weekend's clash with Huddersfield and, as a consequence, key battles to come.

Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert believes the absence of Kane will make Tottenham tougher opponents when the Terriers head to London this afternoon.

"It's interesting because it definitely changes them," he said.

"With him they play in different shapes and when he didn't play they had other shapes.

"In a way it makes it more difficult.

"But for me it's about how we play, how we solve the challenges they give us.

"The thing in football is there's never a perfect time (to play anyone).

"They are all professional players, they all want to win games."

Meanwhile, Uefa have opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham after a supporter invaded the pitch during the match against City.

The fan ran onto the pitch in the closing stages.

He was confronted by City's Fabian Delph before being removed by stewards.

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