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Harry Kane to return in April after damaging ankle ligaments

Harry Kane to return in April after damaging ankle ligaments

A serious injury to Harry Kane during Tottenham's 4-1 win at Bournemouth appeared to present Llorente with a chance to crack the starting XI, however it is reported that Erik Lamela is more likely to take Kane's spot.

The England striker suffered the injury during Spurs' 4-1 victory at Bournemouth on Sunday, being forced off the field in the first-half and later leaving the stadium in a protective boot.

However, prior to his FA Cup hat-trick at Rochdale, he had scored just two goals in 26 appearances in a tough start to life in North London.

In a major blow for club and country, Kane's anticipated lay-off would see him ruled out until the end of April and have just a handful of games left at the end of the season to try to regain fitness ahead of England's World Cup campaign in Russian Federation.

The 24-year-old will also miss England's upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Italy in a blow to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

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Those problems were of differing severity, however, with the first one keeping him out of 10 games, though he was able to return within a month of the second incident.

Kane's right ankle was too swollen for a scan on Monday or Tuesday but tests have now revealed the extend of the damage.

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The England captain will miss Premier League potential top four decider against Chelsea and further clashes with Stoke City, Manchester City and Brighton.