Medical Insider issues verdict on 'significant' Harry Kane injury after Tottenham reveal
There should be no concerns about a “significant” injury to Harry Kane despite him starting every game for Tottenham so far this season.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
As quoted by BBC Sport last week (9 November), Antonio Conte revealed he took Kane off just before the hour mark of Spurs’ 2-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup because he’s “really, really tired”.
The 29-year-old last missed a Premier League game for Tottenham at the beginning of last season as he tried to force a move to Man City.
“I wouldn’t say he’s been mishandled,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“If you look at Harry Kane in terms of his output and exposure, as an outfield player, unless he’s picked up a serious setback during a season, he’s the player who tends to play the most minutes.
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“His body has adapted and is used to playing a high number of minutes in the Premier League. If you were to ask Harry Kane, would he want to be out on the pitch helping his teammates, of course, he would.
“He’s come through that. In terms of being injury free, there is certainly nothing significant or underlying there.
“Being mismanaged? It’s all about that risk and reward.
“Ultimately, Antonio Conte is only concerned about Tottenham and how they perform domestically. That’s how he’s going to be judged. He’ll want Tottenham pushing for the Champions League places at the end of the season.
“Given the injury problems that they had in those attacking areas, Dejan Kulusevski, Lucas Moura, Richarlison and Heung-min Son, then you are questioning what are the alternatives?
“Sometimes you have to be prepared to put your body on the line and take a couple of risks.
“Fortunately, he’s come through that phase without any major issues apart from fatigue. I’m sure he’ll have a couple of days rest before that big tournament.”