Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier confessed that Harry Kane’s possible season-ending ankle injury is a “massive blow” for them.
The English striker sustained an ankle injury during the second half of Spurs’ 1-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City on Tuesday.
Defender Fabian Delph accidentally stood on Kane’s left ankle in a challenge for the ball, which saw the Spurs man have to come off for Lucas Moura.
On Friday, manager Mauricio Pochettino gave a rather unsettling bit of news on Kane’s injury by stating he has no idea if he will even return before the end of the season.
This couldn’t have come at a worst moment for Spurs, who’s top-four hopes in the Premier League are in real danger of slipping away following a run of just one victory in their last six league outings.
Despite being title challengers back in January, Pochettino’s side are now just a point above north London rivals Arsenal in fourth-place.
Therefore, Trippier admits Kane will be greatly missed as the Lilywhites attempt to turn things around.
Although the England international did offer Spurs fans some reassurances by pointing out the other strike options they have along with a number of hopeful hints on why it may not take Kane long to return.
“It’s a massive blow,” Trippier told Sky Sports on Kane’s injury.
“When he is fit and around the place his presence gives you a lift as he is a great leader and is great to have around the place.
“It’s difficult to lose a player like Harry but you saw Lucas [Moura] came on against Manchester City [in the Champions League on Tuesday] and did well and also Victor Wanyama and Fernando [Llorente]. We have got players who can step up to the plate.
“Harry is so professional. I know for a fact he will try to be back as quickly as possible. He doesn’t drink, he eats healthily and looks after himself, he is the best professional I have come across. He will be around the place and just his presence is important.”
Spurs will host the already-relegated Huddersfield Town at their new home ground this afternoon in a Premier League match, with kick-off set for 13:30 (CEST).