Darren Bent admits that he is baffled over the injury record of Tottenham striker Harry Kane after his latest setback.

The former Spurs and England forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that top players around the world manage to keep themselves injury-free but that Kane seems to have a problem staying fit.

Tottenham confirmed in midweek that their star man would be out of action until April as he faces surgery on a hamstring tear picked up against Southampton on New Year’s Day.

Bent admits he cannot get his head around why the 26-year-old has had so many issues with injuries in recent years, with no less than two ankle ligament problems since the start of last season.

Bent told Football Insider: “You look at some of the stars of world football, like Ronaldo. These guys can go and go and go and go, do you know what I mean?

“I don’t get it, I don’t know what it is but they do depend heavily on him, not only do Spurs depend heavily on him, so do England. Whenever there’s games, you know he’s going to play.

“I think there’s got to be opportunities where he doesn’t have to play games, you can pick and choose when you use him. When you’re as vital to a team as he is, it’s easier said than done.” 

Kane has 17 goals in 25 appearances for Spurs this season but is set to miss as many as 10 Premier League games before the start of April, as well as the club’s FA Cup and Champions League fixtures.

In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson is up in arms as the club’s Premier League rivals reportedly plot a transfer raid.