Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho admits he is fearing the worst regarding the hamstring injury suffered by Harry Kane against Southampton, admitting he expects to be without the England captain for a significant period of time.
Kane was substituted during the second half of Spurs disappointing 1-0 defeat to the Saints on New Year’s Day, limping off clutching his hamstring after scoring with what would turn out to be an offside goal, and is set to miss this weekend’s FA Cup third-round clash with Middlesbrough.
However, there have been suggestions that the 26-year-old could be facing an extended period on the sidelines, and Mourinho has admitted that he fears that the prognosis will be ‘bad news’.
“If you ask me just my feeling, good news or bad news, I am more bad news than good news, what the player felt, Harry Kane leaving a match the way he did,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.
“He didn’t think twice, didn’t take him two seconds to realise the severity of the situation.”
Asked on a timeline for Kane’s return, the Spurs boss says he expects the forward to be absent for some time and admits the loss is a huge blow to his side’s plans.
“I think we’re going to lose him for some period and because I am totally convinced of that I can anticipate that, I don’t want to sit here with you crying in every press conference now,” Mourinho said.
“Everybody knows who he is, what he is, what he means for the team, the fans, the club. His quality, the routines that the team has been playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss, so every match that he doesn’t play we’re going to miss him.
“But I don’t want to be crying here all the time, I want to focus now on the players that are available. Now Son is back I prefer to speak about Son than Harry.”