By Will Butcher
Alan Smith believes Harry Kane’s injury is a “hammer blow” to Tottenham after the striker was withdrawn during the 6-0 FA Cup win against Millwall.
Kane, 23, left White Hart Lane on crutches with his ankle covered in a protective boot after suffering the injury in the first half of Spurs’ Sunday clash against their London rivals.
Smith believes his injury is a huge loss to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but has called on Vincent Janssen to step up after the summer signing scored his first goal from open play on Sunday.
“So much goes through him [Kane]. He’s the complete centre forward and his relationship with Alli and Eriksen is key. It’s a hammer blow,” Smith told Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily Show on Monday.
“Vincent Janssen has struggled. But his goal on the weekend might help him and he will be given a chance; it’s his moment. But without Kane, Tottenham are a weaker side.”
England international Kane suffered an ankle injury earlier in the season that kept him out injured for almost two months, and his latest injury could be linked to the previous problem.
Tottenham’s number 10 left the field of play and went straight down the tunnel just 10 minutes into the match after being replaced by Christian Eriksen.
A hat-trick from South Korea international Son Heung-Min and goals from Eriksen, Dele Alli and Janssen secured Spurs’ passage into the last four of the FA Cup despite Kane’s absence.
Now, Smith believes Pochettino should give Holland international Janssen a chance from the off, after scoring his fifth goal of the season against Neil Harris’ Lions.
Spurs play host to Southampton on Sunday, as they look to keep the pressure on Antonio Conte’s league leaders Chelsea with a fourth straight win in all competitions.
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