Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has suffered a major blow in attack after it was revealed striker Harry Kane will be sidelined until March due to a hamstring injury.
The Guardian’s David Hytner wrote that scans revealed a serious tear after the England captain hobbled off during the 1-0 New Year’s Day defeat away to Southampton.
Spurs are lacking in alternate striker choices and could be forced into the January transfer market should they deem a replacement necessary. Wingers Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura have each played up front in the past, but have never managed to fulfill Kane’s role with the same efficacy.
Mourinho spoke at a press conference before Tottenham are set to face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, stressing just how much Kane will be missed:
“I’m not great on grades [of hamstring tears]. I’m great on experience and feelings. 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 be here with you crying in every press conference now. Every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss [him] but I don’t want to be crying all the time.”
Son is back in Mourinho’s selection after recently serving a three-match ban for his dismissal in a 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea.
Kane has 17 goals in 25 appearances across all competitions this term, and he leaves a Spurs squad currently residing in sixth in the Premier League, having failed to win in either of their last two top-flight games.