Harry Kane staying 'positive' over ankle injury, says Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino hopes Harry Kane‘s ankle injury is not a “massive issue” after the striker was forced off in the first half of Tottenham‘s 4-1 win at Bournemouth.

England international Kane will undergo a scan on Monday having picked up the problem scoring a disallowed goal at the Vitality Stadium.

With England manager Gareth Southgate set to name his squad for the forthcoming international friendlies against Holland and Italy before Spurs face an important FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea next weekend, Kane could be a major absentee for club and country.

However, Spurs manager Pochettino insisted it was too early to know the severity of the issue, which was sustained on the same ankle kane has previously injured.

“We need to wait until tomorrow because we need to make a scan of his ankle,” replied Pochettino when asked about the condition of the Premier League’s joint leading goalscorer.

“Of course he suffered an injury that is in the same ankle that he suffered before. But we hope that it’s not a massive issue.

“He felt that when he ran and twisted his ankle that it was impossible to stay on the pitch.

“Harry has a great character and is always positive, happy with the victory for the team, of course disappointed with his problem. But if you’re positive you start the recovery from injury from now.”

Kane’s international team-mate Dele Alli also seemed to pick up an injury on the south coast, suffering a problem with his groin.

Speaking about Alli, Pochettino added: “I don’t believe that it’s a big issue.

“We need to, in the next week, manage him. But I don’t believe it will be a big issue.”

Tottenham climbed above Liverpool and into third in the Premier League on the back of their comeback victory as they battle for a top-four finish.

A double from the impressive Son Heung-min, plus goals from Alli and Serge Aurier stretched the north Londoners’ unbeaten league record to 12 matches after Junior Stanislas had given the hosts an early lead.

The win also saw Spurs bounce back from their disappointing midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Serie A side Juventus, to the delight of Pochettino.

“I’m so pleased. After Wednesday, I think the reaction was important for the team,” he added.

“I think after we conceded the goal, the team reacted and we started to play. It’s a massive three points for us.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt the scoreline flattered Spurs and was unhappy that Callum Wilson had an 84th-minute goal disallowed at 2-1.

Referee Mike Dean blew for a free-kick after spotting a slight push by striker Wilson on Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez, although replays suggested the decision was harsh.

“I think it’s a very, very soft call from the referee,” said Howe. “If there was any contact, it was minimal and at 2-1 down that has a huge bearing on the result.”

He added: “Physically it was very intense for both sets of players. I thought we gave everything to the match, ultimately they were too good for us.

“But the scoreline definitely is an untrue reflection on how the game went. We were well in that right to the end.

“They are one of the best teams in Europe without a doubt so the fact we’ve stretched them and taken them so far I think is a compliment for my team.”

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Rising Son is the real deal and other things learned as Spurs win 4-1

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Tottenham leapfrogged Liverpool to climb into third place in the Premier League with a 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday.

The victory was however soured as Harry Kane limped off with just over half an hour played.

Spurs were 1-0 down at that point, following Junior Stanislas’ early opener, but a Dele Alli goal, Son Heung-min’s brace and Serge Aurier’s late strike turned the game in their favour.

Here’s what we learned as Spurs recovered from their Champions League heartbreak at the hands of Juventus.

ROSE FAILS TO TAKE HIS CHANCE

Ben Davies has clearly moved ahead of Danny Rose as Tottenham’s first-choice left-back in Mauricio Pochettino’s eyes. The Welshman’s consistent selection over the last couple of months is proof of that.

Having been omitted from the team that faced Bournemouth due to ‘general fatigue’, Rose was afforded an opportunity to shine and make a comeback as a first team regular, one that he squandered over the 90 minutes at the Vitality Stadium.

The Englishman never looked comfortable and was at fault for the opening goal as he was beaten far too easily by Adam Smith who delivered the ball into the box for Stanislas’s opening strike.

His own crossing was wayward as well with only one of his nine attempts finding a team-mate while failing to make a single tackle in the game.

Rose was also guilty of vacating his post and on one occasion, raced back and hacked down Callum Wilson in a desperate attempt to recover, receiving a booking for his troubles.

Danny Rose disappointed

Danny Rose disappointed.

RISING SON IS THE REAL DEAL

South Korea’s favourite Son is quickly becoming one of the standout players in the Premier League and it’s time to recognise him for it. In terms of goal contributions in the league – 12 goals and five assists – and indeed performances, he’s in the same bracket as the likes of celebrated attackers Eden Hazard and Leroy Sane.

Having been afforded a run in the side by Mauricio Pochettino, Son has responded with seven goals and an assist in his last four appearances in all competitions. His form this season has eclipsed that of more high-profile wingers like Alexis Sanchez.

While the strike for his first goal against the Cherries was scuffed into the ground, his second was brilliantly taken, rounding the keeper in a tight space before slotting the ball into an empty net. The cheeky finish was befitting of a player clearly swelling with confidence.

At only 25, there’s plenty to come still from Son as he reaches his prime and there aren’t many better clubs or managers other than Spurs and Pochettino that would facilitate his development and help him unlock his full potential.

Son Heung-Min on the up

Son Heung-Min on the up.

THREE LIONS INJURED

Spurs’ treatment table was fairly light going into this fixture, so much so that Pochettino had the luxury of resting Davies, leaving him out of the squad entirely. His replacement Rose, however, ended up capping a poor performance by hobbling off with 10 minutes to go.

That was after main man Kane went down injured in the first half and had to be substituted. Early reports suggest he hurt his right ankle although the extent of the damage is unclear. Spurs will hope that the injury isn’t too serious as they look to secure a top four spot.

Fortunately, an in-form Son was on hand to gleefully accept the goal-scoring responsibility. England, on the other hand, will be waiting on Kane’s medical report with bated breath ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

To add to Gareth Southgate’s concerns, a third England World Cup hopeful, Dele Alli, also limped off in the closing stages. Even if the attacking midfielder’s injury isn’t too serious, it hasn’t come at the best time with the 21-year-old finally ending his 15-match goal drought against the Cherries.

Harry Kane injury scare

Harry Kane injury scare.

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Tottenham player ratings as Son proves he's one of the Premier League's best

Chris Bailey 11/03/2018
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Tottenham managed to turn a tough day at the office into a walk in the park as a much-improved second half saw them coast past Bournemouth and take another giant step towards securing a top-four place in the Premier League.

A revitalised Dele Alli levelled things up after Junior Stanislas got Bournemouth off to a bright start, before Son Hyeung-min took over the game in the second 40.

The South Korean – who is fast becoming one of the Premier League’s leading lights – scored twice after the break and Serge Aurier added the gloss to a 4-1 victory.

Below are our ratings as Spurs put a thick line under their Champions League heartbreak against Juventus.

Hugo Lloris – Stanislas’ wonderful finish had him rooted to the spot – that was one of the only times the ball came his way.  5

Serge Aurier – Mishit a few crosses – his distribution needs a lot of work – but the one he did get right was beautifully judged for Alli, who bundled in the equaliser. Finished the job off at the death Does not fill you with confidence defensively. 7

Davinson Sanchez – Still finding his feet in the English game, looks ungainly up against nippy attackers. Shows confidence to come out of defence with ball – but is passing quality is less Vertonghen, more Chris Smalling.

Jan Vertonghen – Took command of an otherwise suspect Spurs backline. Lloris faced very few shots and Vertonghen was one of the reasons why – putting his body on the line. 7

Danny Rose – Not a great outing. Adam Smith ghosted past him as if he wasn’t there to supply Stanislas and hacked down Callum Wilson to earn a booking. The rested Ben Davies was a miss. 4

Mousa Dembele – Didn’t take command of midfield as Bournemouth managed to bypass him, especially as they found a lot of joy down Spurs’ flanks. Tidy when in possession, though. 6

Eric Wanyama – There have been prettier players to grace a Spurs shirt but the Kenyan is first in line when it comes to hard work. Produced five tackles and also blocked several shots in a display full of heart. 7

Christian Eriksen – Not his flashiest performance of the year and it didn’t need to be. Cool in possession, drew numerous fouls and allowed Son and Alli the time and space to deliver the goods. 8

Dele Alli – With his equaliser, he ended a 15-game goal drought in all competitions. His aggression always teeters on the edge of recklessness, but channeled it positively here. Clumsy finish but did well to pick out Son (for the South Korean’s equally clumsy finish …) 8

Son Heung-min – It is a measure of the man’s confidence that he chose to round Asmir Begovic from a rather tight angle instead of trying to find Lamela in support. A real thorn in the side even apart from his two goals. Should we start talking about him as one of the Premier League’s best players? 9

Harry Kane – Around about this time every two years Wayne Rooney had an injury scare before the World Cup. Now the new England talisman has taken on the proud tradition. Didn’t even have a shot before his ankle forced him off in the 34th minute … get well soon.

SUBSTITUTES

Erik Lamela – Came on early and was on the periphery of the action compared to Son, Alli and Eriksen, helped mesh the attack together well all the same. 7

Kieran Trippier – Shored up the right-hand side and found the time to deliver the ball that eventually led to Aurier’s goal. 7

Moussa Sissoko – Added some ballast to midfield at the death. N/A

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