Danny Mills has warned Harry Kane “could miss three months of next season” if he suffers an ankle relapse in the Champions League final.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England international claimed the Tottenham talisman will pull out all the stops to be fit for the biggest match in the club’s history against Liverpool on 1 June.
The England captain has not played since 9 April when he suffered the latest in a series of ankle injuries that have affected him in recent seasons and was a spectator as Spurs secured their remarkable semi-final midweek win against Ajax.
Mills is in doubt that Kane will take to the field in Madrid even if he is only 70 per cent fit and the player has no choice but to put himself forward for selection even if it means an even longer potential lengthy lay-off.
“I think Harry Kane will play in the final,” Mills told Football Insider. “When you look at him running across the pitch afterwards [to celebrate the Ajax win], you can see he has a chance.
“He will do everything possible to play in the final. Night and day, he will be working on his ankle. He is the captain, this is his moment. You don’t get many chances to play in a Champions League final, if ever.
“He could miss three months of next season if he suffers a relapse. It is a risk worth taking. He will take pain killing injections and make any sacrifice he can to get fit. As long as it’s legal, he will do it.
“If he is 70 per cent fit, he will be knocking Mauricio Pochettino’s door down to play. There is the chance he could break down again and he might come off after five minutes, but Spurs can plan for that and have a back-up plan if it happens.”
A Kane-less Spurs host Everton in their final Premier League match of the season on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have already secured a top-four final and will compete in the Champions League next campaign for a fourth consecutive year.