By Ben Dinnery

23rd Nov, 2022 | 1:50pm

Tottenham news: Harry Kane may be set for axe as 'massive' claim issued - Insider

Tottenham striker Harry Kane could be axed from the England starting XI for their game with the USA on Friday as a precaution.

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

The Telegraph reported on Wednesday (23 November) that England are optimistic Kane has not suffered an ankle injury.

The 29-year-old was sent for a scan on the issue after he was forced off during the 6-2 win over Iran on Monday (21 November).

“There is a lot of discussion in regards to the issues Harry Kane has had previously with his ankles,” Dinnery told Football Inisder‘s Connor Whitley.

“In recent times, those more severe injuries have been on the left-hand side and this is the right ankle. The last problem he really had on the right ankle was in 2018.

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“In the grand scheme of things, it’s nothing to be too concerned about.

“Yes, it’s a painful one and you saw how the ankle rolled outwards from the tackle. Yes, he was seen limping through the mixed zone with light strapping.

“With him actually continuing in that game, all that seems to tell us it’s nothing massive to be overly concerned about.

“In the heat of battle in the first game of the World Cup, that adrenaline can mask a lot of things.

“He had an on-field assessment, there would have been some passive testing involved in that and he was deemed fit enough to continue.

“What we were not certain about was whether the injury would evolve over the next 24 or 48 hours.

“The news came out about the scan and I saw that as a precautionary measure to make sure nothing had been missed.

“You need to contextualise that. Games are coming thick and fast in the tournament and the expectation is that England should be able to get a result against the USA and secure their place in the knockout stages.

“With the impact that Callum Wilson made from the bench, it’s not just about short-term planning, it’s where we need to be after that.

“If it means keeping Harry Kane out of the firing line for an extra day or two, you’ve got to do everything you can to protect your skipper because he’s such an important player.”

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