Southgate shares when Kane will make Tottenham return

By Richard Parks

Gareth Southgate has revealed that he expects Harry Kane to be back playing for Tottenham “fairly quickly”.

The England manager delivered an upbeat assessment on the Spurs striker’s condition ahead of his team’s friendly against Italy at Wembley tomorrow night (Tuesday).

Kane was ruled out of the two international friendlies against Holland, which England won 1-0 last Friday, and Italy after suffering ankle ligament damage in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth 15 days ago.

But Southgate said at a media conference on Monday afternoon, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of ESPN FC correspondent Dan Kilpatrick, that the forward will not be out for long.

The striker was pictured yesterday in conversation with Southgate at Tottenham’s Enfield training ground without the boot he had been wearing to protect his injured ankle.

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This has fuelled speculation he could make a stunning return for Spurs’ Premier League clash against Chelsea on Sunday.

Football Insider verdict:

Kane’s reputation as a miracle man will be further enhanced if he is genuinely in contention to play against Chelsea just three weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage that prompted initial fears he could miss the rest of the season. Due to the fortunate international break timing, the Spurs goal king has missed only one missed one match for his club so far – a facile FA Cup win at Swansea City – and there is now a sense he might not be absent for any more. That would fill every Tottenham fan with great joy given his stunning scoring exploits, with his 39 matches this season yielding 35 goals.

In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that the club have ripped up the contract of a defender.

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