By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Scans of Harry Kane’s ankle have revealed there is no break in a major boost to Tottenham, according to a report.
The Mirror claim there have been two scans of the ankle injured by the striker over the weekend but the club are still waiting on the exact time frame of his lay-off.
It is said that he has suffered ligament damage and Spurs hope he is sidelined for less than the eight weeks initially feared.
Nevertheless, the England international is likely to be ruled out of the country’s next two World Cup qualifiers with Malta and Slovenia next month as well as a number of domestic matches starting with Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash against Gillingham.
Kane left White Hart Lane on crutches and with his right foot in a protective boot following Spurs’ 1-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday.
Kane hit the 58th-minute winner to see off 10-man Sunderland but he was carried off on a stretcher in the 86th after turning his ankle in a challenge with defender Papy Djilobodji.
“I’m sure there is maybe a problem with his ligaments but it is difficult to assess today,” Pochettino said afterwards, as quoted by the Mirror. “We need to wait.
“It was tough, he twisted the ankle. Now he feels pain and we see tomorrow. it’s painful and we need to wait.”
Pochettino will now turn to Dutchman Vincent Janssen, signed for £18million from AZ Alkmaar during the summer, to replace Kane.
He told the Mirror: “It’s difficult without Harry Kane but that’s why we signed Janssen and he is working well. He’s a striker that can give us a lot of things. That’s why you sign players, to arrive in the moment when you need them at the same level.”
In other Tottenham team news, Gary Lineker has delivered his verdict on Kane after Spurs’ triumph.