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.
Rex Features 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.
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Rex Features Tottenham and England will hold their breath ahead of a scan on Monday
Getty Images – Getty 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.
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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.
Getty Images – Getty Kane walked off straight down the tunnel at Dean Court
Ian Walton 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.
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Reuters The news comes at the worst time for Gareth Southgate, who will name an England squad on Thursday ahead of two friendlies