Tottenham could be without Harry Kane for up to two months, as the England striker awaits the result of a second scan taken on the ankle he injured in the 1-0 win over Sunderland.
Kane left that match on a stretcher and later departed White Hart Lane on crutches, with his right foot encased in a protective boot.
The first scan on the injury, according to the media, allayed fears that last season’s Golden Boot winner had broken any bones, but did suggest some ligament damage had been sustained.
If that prognosis is confirmed then Kane stands to miss some important matches for his north London employers, putting deputy frontman Vincent Janssen under immense pressure to break his duck.
Champions League tussles against CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen take on greater importance following the opening-round defeat to Monaco, while Manchester City, Leicester and Arsenal are all due to face the Lilywhites in the time Kane could be out.
Janssen hasn’t been given too much time to show what he can do for his new club, having made just one start in his six appearances since switching from AZ Alkmaar.
That tally is set to sky rocket now though and the Dutchman will need to find the back of the net sooner rather than later to avoid coming in for too much criticism.
Kane had scored in consecutive Spurs outings before getting injured, but was constantly questioned over his form having made a slow start to the campaign.
That focus will shift to Janssen should he continue to misfire in front of goal, with both an £18m price tag and a nagging temptation to compare him to former Spurs flop Roberto Soldado turning up the heat.
Spurs’ first assignment without Kane comes in the EFL Cup against Gillingham, where Janssen is 3/1 to open the scoring.
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