Midway through the first half of Tottenham’s away match at the Vitality Stadium, Harry Kane swept a Christian Eriksen cross into the back of the net. Yet the following moments brought a double dose of bad news-. The goal was flagged for offside and Kane remained, grimacing, on the floor.
The coming together with Asmir Begovic had jarred Kane’s right ankle, and after gingerly returning to his feet, the striker hobbled down the tunnel and was replaced by Erik Lamela. Kane has had ankle troubles in the past, leading many Spurs supporters to hold their breath in fear.
Although the severity of the injury isn’t known yet, the sight of Tottenham’s talismanic goalscorer limping off spells concern for Spurs’ season. A crucial FA Cup quarter-final against a resurgent Swansea beckons next Saturday, a match that is vital to the success of the season.
Having crashed out of the Champions League in midweek, the FA Cup presents the best chance for Tottenham’s trophy hopes – their last piece of silverware was a League Cup triumph all the way back in 2008.
A fit and effective Harry Kane is paramount to Tottenham glory – the Englishman has scored a whopping 24 of his team’s 55 goals to date. Furthermore, there is simply no replacement for Kane in the Spurs bench. Fernando Llorente has struggled to find his form in his limited opportunities thus far, and the man who replaced Kane against Bournemouth is hardly an out-and-out goalscorer.
Luckily for Tottenham, there is a three-week gap between their matchup against Swansea and the next Premier League encounter. Tottenham will travel to west London to face top-four rivals Chelsea, a match that looks set to be a battle for the final Champions League place.
But even after Kane succumbed to his injury, his teammates battled back admirably from a goal down against the Cherries. Goals from Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son gifted Spurs a 4-1 win; two players who will need to step up in Kane’s absence if Tottenham want to salvage their season.