Harry Kane suffered a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring after limping out of Tottenham’s defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day and the England international has had to go through a surgery to repair the damage.
Initially, the forward was expected to be out for until April with some reports claiming that at worst he will be the rest of the 2019-20 season.
But now though according to leading surgeon Dr Chris Wilson, the striker is likely to be out for longer than expected meaning as things stand he is likely to miss the EURO 2020.
The surgeon has explained that the injury is not to be taken lightly and Harry Kane will need nothing short of a miracle in order to get fit before the stipulated schedule.
“I would expect it to be six months before he could return to action,” he told the Press Association via GMS.
“There is a big range of opinion because it is such an uncommon procedure and some surgeons may say quicker.
“If the repair was good and sound, the first six weeks he will be nursing the repair and doing very little. Six to 12 weeks, providing everything was OK, he will be doing basic strengthening exercises.
“If it was me I would say aim for getting fit for pre-season training.
“At three months you would start a normal hamstring rehabilitation that you would do if you got a tear in the middle of the muscle,” he continued.
“If I was talking to a top-level footballer I would want to manage their expectations and say I wouldn’t anticipate them being fit and playing normally in a game for six months following the surgery.
“I am aware in Harry Kane’s case they have been saying April or May – I have to say I would be very surprised.”
If Harry Kane is indeed ruled out of action for the EUROs then surely it will be a massive blow for Gareth Southgate since the forward is not only the Three Lions captain but also one of their most important players.
But having said that, the England manager has the options of the likes of Tammy Abraham, Danny Ings, Mason Greenwood who could potentially step up to replace Kane and some believe that Southgate also has the option of calling back Jamie Vardy from retirement.