Jose Mourinho revealed that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is not set to return to the starting XI until the final two games of the season as was reported by Sky Sports earlier in the week.
However, this news isn’t just bad for Spurs, it’s also a blow for Kane himself.
The forward first sustained an initial hamstring injury against Southampton on New Year’s Day and Spurs have been operating without a central striker ever since.
Sources told Football FanCast at the time of his injury that the issue could rule him out for the remainder of the season.
But Mourinho has now aired his hope that the 26-year-old will be able to play against both Leicester City and Crystal Palace in the penultimate and final matches of the campaign.
He said: “The match against Leicester, maybe we’ll need that match for something – to be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth, maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us in that match, I hope.
“There is no setback, nothing is happening, everything is okay. He’s having his treatment, no pressure, he keeps going, there’s no setback.”
Of course, Euro 2020 will take place following the completion of the Premier League season but Mourinho does not seem too worried about the prospect of Kane playing in the tournament for England after just 180 minutes of football.
He added: “That’s a problem for (Gareth) Southgate and for Steve Holland, not for me.”
If he is fit, he is likely to be picked in Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 as the country aim to win their first silverware since 1966.
The striker, of course, is a huge player for his country, is their current captain and has scored 32 goals in 45 games for the Three Lions. The record, of course, stands at 53 goals, netted by current Derby County forward Wayne Rooney.
One has to believe that Kane has his eye on that but coming back for just two games before potentially playing in a major tournament in which England have a number of home games – they could play in the semi-final at Wembley as well as the final – could be a recipe for disaster.
If he breaks down again in the tournament, he could miss a significant portion of the start of Spurs’ season. The other option is that he makes it through and then returns tired.
Neither are good options for Spurs.