Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has suggested Harry Kane will be seen again this season, despite suggestions to the contrary.
The striker is recovering from surgery on his hamstring after he ruptured it against Southampton on New Year’s Day.
The club had initially said Kane would be aiming to return to training in April (official website).
To Spurs fans’ dismay, a leading UK orthopaedic surgeon recently stated he would be surprised if Kane was seen back in action this season, having performed the same operation the 26-year-old 75 times on other people.
“I would expect it to be six months before he could return to action,” Dr Chris Wilson said (Daily Mail).
Despite his view, Mourinho has now suggested Kane is on course to play again in 2019/20.
He said (Guardian): “The Leicester match [May 9]. Maybe we need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth. Maybe he can help us in this match. I hope. Is that the best-case scenario at the moment? Yes, I think so.”
Before his injury Kane had been enjoying another solid goalscoring season for Spurs, bagging 17 in 25 games across all competitions.
His injury saw Spurs scrambling to sign a striker in January, something they were ultimately unsuccessful with.
Tottenham fans react
Tottenham fans were a little cautious about the update, with some worried about him being rushed back too early:
I hope not. Rushing him back will very likely shorten his playing career.
— Randolf24 (@Randolf242) February 4, 2020
Maybe we not run him into the ground ? Just an idea
— witter Suspenders (@witterSuspende1) February 4, 2020
Don’t rush him. Last thing we need is compounded injuries
— |R|S (@IRIS_ZFX) February 4, 2020
Don’t rush him though, last thing we need is to turn it into something even worse and/or chronic
— 𝓙𝓪𝓶𝓮𝓼 𝓒𝓸𝓰𝓵𝓮 (@JamesCogle) February 4, 2020
I’m hoping he does not play again until next season he needs a rest 3 straight seasons with a bad injury he’s 28 but tired legs COYS
— FootyFan (@spursFCfooty) February 5, 2020
He should get a decent recovery and come back next season. He always rushes back from injury. He doesn’t play well for 5-6 games after injury so not worth it. He will be about as good for England as he was for us in the CL final. He should have said to Poch he wasn’t quite ready.
— EssexDogs (@dogs_essex) February 5, 2020
As much as we need him there is no point rushing him back for league games or the Euros. Let him get properly fit and over the injury in time for preseason.
— The Spurs Compendium (@SpursCompendium) February 5, 2020