Football | Harry Kane ruled out until April

Spurs’ top four hopes have been dealt a considerable blow with the news that Harry Kane has been ruled out until April with a hamstring injury.

Kane will require surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring after limping off in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Southampton at St. Mary’s last week.

The 26-year-old, who has scored 27 goals in 31 appearances this season, is expected to return to training in April, two months before Euro 2020.

“Following ongoing assessment by our medical staff over the past week, we can confirm that Harry Kane will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring,” a Spurs statement said.

England international Kane could miss up to 10 Premier League games, as many as four FA Cup matches – should Spurs progress – and the North London club’s two-legged Champions League clash against RB Leipzig.

Spurs, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, six points off Chelsea in fourth place, will likely use Lucas Moura or Heung-Min Son as an unorthodox striker in Kane’s absence.

Republic of Ireland underage international Troy Parrott will be hoping for an opportunity to impress during Kane’s absence.

The Dublin teenager made his Premier League debut earlier this season, and is expected to sign a new long-term deal at the club.

Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November, may also opt to foray into the January transfer market to sign a temporary replacement for Kane as he bids to retain Spurs’ place in the Champions League for next season.

Spurs face league leaders Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.