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A story of Harry Kane’s ankle issues with the England striker set to be scanned

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Harry Kane will undergo a CT scan of the ankle injury he suffered in England’s first World Cup win against Iran.

Kane has a long history of ankle injuries which plagued his career.

Here, the PA news agency examines them.

September-November 2016

Kane first suffered an ankle injury in a 1-0 Premier League win over Sunderland in September 2016, after scoring the winner for Tottenham. He fell awkwardly in the final minutes and scans revealed ligament damage. He ended up missing 10 Spurs games, also missing an international break and returned for a 1-1 draw at Arsenal on 6 November.

March-April 2017

The England forward suffered a recurring problem early in the 6-0 FA Cup win at Millwall in March 2017. He got tangled up with Jake Cooper after he was shot and couldn’t continue. Fears were that he would be out for a period similar to the start of the season, but he missed just three Spurs games.

March-April 2018

Almost a year after his last problem, Kane fell back and it was a worrying time for Tottenham and England fans ahead of the World Cup. It looked serious as the striker had to limp against Bournemouth after he was caught trying to turn the ball into the net. However, it was a quick recovery from Kane, who missed just one Tottenham game, as well as two games against England.

January-February 2019

Another ankle problem for the England captain came at the start of 2019 and this time it was a bad problem. He fell at the end of Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United and only returned to action after playing at Burnley almost six weeks later, returning with a goal.

April-June 2019

Just over six weeks after his return, Kane suffered a lateral ligament injury in his left ankle in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City. He missed nine matches and returned to start the Champions League final on June 1 but could not prevent Liverpool winning 2-0.

January-February 2021

Kane, who suffered a serious hamstring injury in 2020, was back in treatment for his ankle after leaving against Liverpool following a tough challenge. A scan showed no serious ligament damage and he was able to return in 10 days, missing two games.

April 2021

Two months later, Kane was limping against Everton after an 89th-minute challenge in what turned out to be Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge of Tottenham. There were immediate concerns over the striker’s fitness for the Carabao Cup final the following weekend, but he was fit, having missed a midweek win over Southampton.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org