Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club’s talisman, Harry Kane has injured his two ankles in the Premier League match between Spurs and Liverpool played on Thursday night, January 28.
Harry Kane captained Tottenham against Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. The North London club were expected to defeat the reigning Premier League champions based on their form before the game. Liverpool had not won any league game this year before they visited Tottenham but they were able to turn things around. The game ended 3-1 in their favor.
That wasn’t the only bad news for Jose Mourinho, Harry Kane was fouled twice in the first half and ended up not being able to complete the game.
The 27-year-old England center-forward first got hit when Liverpool’s midfielder Thiago Alcantara brought him down towards 13 minutes to the end of the first half. He fell holding his ankle but was able to continue playing afterward.
Before the first half ended, Harry Kane was under another hard challenge again. This time around, the England national team captain landed heavily while challenging for a high ball with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson. He fell holding his ankle again and Tottenham’s medical team came to the pitch to treat him.
Unfortunately for Tottenham Hotspur that were one goal down then, Harry Kane couldn’t resume with the rest of his teammates for the second half. Coach Jose Mourinho replaced Kane with Eric Lamela and introduced Harry Winks for Serge Aurier. But the changes made things worse for Tottenham that went on to concede two more goals in the second half.
After the 3-1 defeat in the hands of Liverpool, Jose Mourinho said Harry Kane who has not missed any Premier League game this season would not be fit for a competitive game for a couple of weeks. This means that the England international will not be available for Tottenham’s league matches against Brighton on January 31, and against Chelsea on February 4.
“He is injured in both ankles and he says that to cope with one pain, he probably could, but he says with both, it is very painful, very sore and both ankles are getting big in both feet,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “He couldn’t [carry on]. He is a guy with a good sacrifice spirit, he can fight against pain, but it was difficult for him.”
“You know, for Harry to leave a game, when he wants to play always and with the team losing, it is a nothing injury. For how long I cannot tell you, I don’t know, we have to wait and see”, he subsequently added in his post-match press conference.
On Tottenham’s defeat in the hands of Liverpool, Jose Mourinho said: “It’s a performance totally affected by defensive individual mistakes. The team was very solid, very confident, and in the first half, we made three individual defensive mistakes. Very early, then Mane shot and Hugo saves, then Firmino goal. Pierre and Tanguy were playing very well in the middle, Pierre’s goal was very good. To be 2-1 down losing Harry is not easy. Another mistake and then third goal another one. The third one hurts me because it’s a mistake from a player who played very, very well. Joe played very well.”
While Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp said: “It was a good moment to show up. We’re still here and it’s good to know. Now we go home and we come back in a few hours to play West Ham.”
“We had a big early chance and then in the next moment it was a goal for Tottenham but offside and it didn’t count and then the boys scored a really good goal. This counter-attack makes it really tricky to play but we took the risk.”