Tottenham Hotspur’s season could well be over.
A loss to Southampton is damaging enough – Spurs are now six points behind Chelsea – but the real issue came as Harry Kane smacked the ball into the back of the net after a chipped pass over the top.
The goal was ruled out for offside and Kane immediately felt his hamstring. The injury was bad enough to require a substitution, with Erik Lamela introduced in his stead, and Kane is now facing an anxious wait to discover for how long he will be out.
Per The London Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, he left the stadium on crutches.
This is atrocious news for manager Jose Mourinho.
Not only has he overseen a number of terrible displays – Wednesday’s loss plus a defeat to Chelsea and the recent draw with Norwich City – but he is now facing a shortage up front.
It remains to be seen if this one will be as damaging – it’s a hamstring problem, which has only laid Kane low for two games previously – but any absence is likely to cost Spurs.
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They face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup – there is the chance of rotation against the Championship side – but then there is an encounter against Liverpool, the runaway league leaders who have not lost all season.
Clashes with Watford, resurgent under Nigel Pearson, and Norwich, who should have beaten Spurs at Carrow Road, follow before an encounter with Manchester City.
As it stands, the only option to replace Kane as an out-and-out striker is Troy Parrott.
Son Heung-Min will soon return from suspension and he could well play up top. The South Korea international has scored 36 goals in 81 outings at centre-forward throughout his career.
But still, Kane is too good, too important, not to be sorely missed.
The gap to the top four is only likely to grow wider without him – he has scored five goals in eight league games since Mourinho’s appointment – regardless of whether Son can recapture his previous form up front or not.
If he is out for any length of time, Spurs may have to kiss goodbye to their hopes of overhauling Chelsea.
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