Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return for the injured Harry Kane until May at least, admitting Tottenham’s clash with Leicester on the penultimate weekend of the season is the ‘best case’ scenario for the forward’s return.
The England captain limped out of the club’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day after suffering a torn hamstring, an injury that will keep the 26-year-old out for the majority of the remainder of the season.
The club initially announced that Kane would be out until April after undergoing surgery, though medical professionals suggested he could be out for longer, throwing his participation at the European Championships this summer into doubt.
However, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth round replay against Southampton, Jose Mourinho says he is hopeful Kane could return for what could prove to be a huge fixture against fellow top four contenders Leicester on May 9th.
“The Leicester match,” Mourinho told said at his pre-match press conference. “Maybe we need that match for something – to be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth. Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us in this match. I hope.”
Asked if that was Kane’s ‘best-case’ scenario, the Spurs manager said: “Yes, I think so.
“[Leicester] is the beginning of May, the first week of May – there is not a setback,” he added. “Nothing has happened. Everything is OK. He’s having his treatment. There’s no pressure, he keeps going, no setback. I just think… that’s my feeling.
“With Hugo Lloris we were speaking about February and he came back in January. It’s better not to put any kind of expectations, any kind of pressure. Let it go and let’s see.”