CRISIS Harry Kane leaves Bournemouth on crutches wearing protective boot as Tottenham and England await outcome of ankle scan

Striker came off after a collision with Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic saw him severely roll his ankle

12 March 2018 - 06:51

ENGLAND are sweating on Harry Kane's fitness after the striker left Bournemouth on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

The Tottenham striker limped off after suffering a nasty-looking ankle injury in their 4-1 win over the Cherries.

 Harry Kane left Bournemouth on crutches and in a protective boot after picking up an ankle injury
 
Harry Kane left Bournemouth on crutches and in a protective boot after picking up an ankle injury

Kane will have a scan on Monday to discover the extent of the damage, just 99 DAYS before England's World Cup opening fixture against Tunisia.

Kane rolled his ankle in a collision with Bournemouth's Asmir Begovic while scoring a goal, which was then disallowed by referee Mike Dean.

The superstar attempted to return to the pitch but after a lengthy consultation with the club's doctor headed straight down the tunnel - throwing a bottle of water in frustration.

Today's news is a huge blow for England boss Gareth Southgate, who will announce his squad on Thursday for the friendlies away to Holland and home to Italy.

 England's worst nightmare has happened just 99 days ahead of the World Cup opener
 
England's worst nightmare has happened just 99 days ahead of the World Cup opener

Kane suffered two ankle injuries last season and missed 14 matches as a result - the last almost 12 months ago to the day.

He was crocked in September 2016 in a match against Sunderland and then suffered a repeat against Millwall in March last year in the FA Cup.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "I am concerned until he tomorrow or after tomorrow makes the scan. We can say nothing more.

"Of course I worry about him and about his ankle. We hope it is not a massive issue for him and the team and as soon as possible he is back available.

 Kane walked off straight down the tunnel at Dean Court
 
Kane walked off straight down the tunnel at Dean Court
 Mauricio Pochettino admitted he is 'concerned' ahead of the scan
 
Mauricio Pochettino admitted he is 'concerned' ahead of the scan

"He suffered an injury that is to the same ankle he suffered before. I hope, we hope, it is not a massive issue but we need to wait until tomorrow.

"He is positive. Harry has a great character and is always positive. Of course disappointed with his problem, but if you are positive you start the recovery from the injury from now."

The Three Lions face Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday, 18 June in their opening fixture in Russia.

And in another headache for Southgate, Dele Alli and Danny Rose also came off in the win over Bournemouth.

 The news comes at the worst time for Gareth Southgate, who will name an England squad on Thursday ahead of two friendlies
 
The news comes at the worst time for Gareth Southgate, who will name an England squad on Thursday ahead of two friendlies

While Pochettino insists Rose was not injured, Spurs will now assess Alli's injury - believed to be a groin strain.

Pochettino added: "I don't believe that is a big issue for Alli. We need to, in the next week, manage him. I don't believe he will be a big problem.
"But for Rose, no injury, only fatigue and he got a knock. After some time, to play a Premier League game again it is tough."

 

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