Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Harry Kane is optimistic about the possibility of returning to his top form in a few weeks.
The England striker was substituted at halftime in Spurs’ recent loss to Liverpool, after injuring both ankles. Speaking after the defeat at Brighton, threatened with relegation on Sunday, the Portuguese coach took stock of his player’s physical condition.
Mourinho said, quoted by the club’s website: “The news is pretty good. After Liverpool, [we had] no idea. Then the next day, we were thinking about three weeks, something like that.
“I don’t mean to be super optimistic, but Harry is optimistic, he’s experienced some ankle injuries and in Harry’s mind it’s been a few weeks, so let’s see if he’s right.”
It appears the Spurs boss has gained confidence in the 27-year-old’s intuition as to how long he will be away based on his previous experiences, despite the initial estimate being estimated at around three weeks.
The Lilywhites were without Kane for their loss at Brighton and had only managed half of Graham Potter’s side’s attempts at goal – underscoring the importance of not only the striker’s direct goal threat, but also in terms of creativity.
With the latest injury, the Tottenham man is set to miss upcoming games against Chelsea, West Brom, Everton and Manchester City.
Spurs are currently six points away from Champions League qualifying spots, but have played one game less than most of the teams around them. While their position is far from irremediable, fans will be delighted to learn that the injury to their talismanic striker may not be as bad as feared.