Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed striker Harry Kane will be out of action for three months after being forced to undergo surgery on a ruptured hamstring tendon.
Kane, 26, was already expected to be sidelined until April after suffering the injury during Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Years’ Day. Tottenham released a statement that said the decision to undergo surgery won’t impact Kane’s return date.
The blow is terribly timed considering Spurs will host Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday, while Kane is also certain to miss both legs of their Champions League last-16 clash with RB Leipzig.
Manager Jose Mourinho could be forced to enter the January transfer market after losing the services of his only senior frontman.
David Hytner of the Guardian wrote AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek is a target for the north Londoners, with his prospects at the San Siro likely to suffer from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return.
Piatek has scored four goals in 18 appearances for the Rossoneri this season, netting just once in his last 10 outings.
Goal’s Benjamin Quarez also reported Paris Saint-Germain veteran Edinson Cavani and Lyon striker Moussa Dembele are also each on Tottenham’s radar.
Kane has scored 17 goals in 25 total appearances this term—netting six in five European games—but will now miss most of the end-of-season run-in.
The London native will be eager to be back in time for Spurs’ north London derby league clash at home to Arsenal on April 25, with three points currently between the local rivals.