Harry Kane 'ruled out until May'

Harry Kane 'ruled out until May'

The Tottenham striker was taken off in the first-half of their fixture against Bournemouth on Sunday with damaged ankle ligaments - the third he has suffered the same injury in 18 months.

In a major blow for club and country, Kane's anticipated lay-off would see him ruled out until the end of April and have just a handful of games left at the end of the season to try to regain fitness ahead of England's World Cup campaign in Russian Federation.

When Kane was injured twice with the same problem last season, he missed seven weeks from September, then just over three weeks from March.

According to reports in the British media on Tuesday, the injury is serious enough that Kane is facing a race against time to return to action in time for the World Cup in June.

Kane's participation for England during next week's worldwide break also appears in doubt, with the Three Lions set to face Holland and Italy in friendlies.

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The major bombshell means that he is set to sit out the club's next five league games, as well as England's friendlies against Holland and Italy, as well as the FA Cup quarter final and semi final if they progress, while leaves him facing a race against time to be fit for the Three Lions' World Cup campaign.

Tottenham are back in Premier League action following the worldwide break with a trip to top-four rivals Chelsea on April 1.

Spurs planned to send him for a scan on the injury on Monday but that was put back as his ankle was too swollen to assess properly.

With the World Cup in Russian Federation now less than 100 days away, the FA will not want Kane rushed back from his injury by Spurs.

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