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Tottenham striker Harry Kane faces month out due to ankle injury

England captain was injured in the final minutes against Man Utd on Sunday

Harry Kane is set to have a scan on his injured ankle and there are fears that Tottenham’s star striker could be out of action for up to four weeks.

Kane was injured at the end of the 1-0 defeat against Manchester United on Sunday and the Daily Mirror says his ankle was “so badly swollen” it was not possible to do a scan on the damage.

The Guardian said that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was “worried” by the extent of his star striker’s injury. Should England captain Kane be ruled out for a month he would miss next Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea and a number of Premier League matches.

Kane’s absence would leave Spurs facing a striker shortage as Heung-Min Son has left for a month to join the South Korea squad for the Asia Cup.

With Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura the only alternatives, could Pochettino be forced to sign a new forward? According to the Daily Star Tottenham could make a move to sign Barcelona star Malcom on loan.

Spurs captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has urged his team-mates to step up if Kane is ruled out. The Frenchman said: “We all know how important Harry is in our team but he is not all of our team. Football is about the team and every player is ready to help the team.

“In football during the season you have ups and downs and you have to always adapt to those, and we will see about ‘H’. It is better when you have all your best players on the field but that can happen here or it can happen at other clubs. With or without him we will see how we do.”

Tottenham’s next match is a Premier League trip to Fulham on Sunday (4pm).

Premier League fixtures

Saturday 19 January (3pm unless stated)
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leicester City (12.30, live on Sky Sports
  • AFC Bournemouth vs. West Ham United 
  • Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace 
  • Manchester United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion 
  • Newcastle United vs. Cardiff City 
  • Southampton vs. Everton 
  • Watford vs. Burnley 
  • Arsenal vs. Chelsea (5.30pm, live on BT Sport
Sunday 20 January
  • Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester City (1.30pm, live on Sky Sports
  • Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur (4pm, live on Sky Sports)

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