Medical expert issues verdict on Harry Kane breaking down amid critical Tottenham reveal
Tottenham superstar Harry Kane’s discipline and professionalism mean is not at particular risk of injury despite his lack of recovery time between matches.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Kane, 29, is one of six England players to have spent over half the season in the critical zone, as per The Telegraph last Friday (10 June).
This means the Three Lions skipper played the majority of 2021-22 without a five-day gap between minimum 45-minute appearances.
He also featured in all four of the national team’s recent Nations League games.
But Dinnery does not believe that he is especially liable to break down because of his intense load.
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“I don’t think this is a particular concern,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“The thing is, recovery strategies for individual payers differ. They are very complex and they are multi-factorial. One strategy that works for one player doesn’t necessarily work for another.
“Kane is a player we know can tolerate high demands. These guys are optimising themselves off the pitch to make sure they deliver on it.
“We have had a couple of ankle problems with Kane but we have only really had one serious soft tissue setback, which was surgery on his hamstring.
“Even though he has had several ankle problems, he still has very high availability rates. Only Lloris played more than him for Spurs last season. Players want to be out there performing.
“This five-day turnaround is one thing but other research says players might only need 72 hours. Five days is a long time.
“If he was breaking down every week, that would be a worry. But he’s a true professional who knows his body and knows handled himself on and off the pitch.”