Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits he fears the worst over Harry Kane’s hamstring injury, picked up in their 1-0 loss to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Mourinho confirmed that while he did not know how bad Kane’s injury was given that the test results had not come back, he was not optimistic about the problem as he ruled Kane out of this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.
“I am more on bad news than good news, that’s my feeling,” he said. “What the player felt, Harry Kane leaving a match, the way he did it, he didn’t think twice, it didn’t take him two seconds to realise the severity of the situation, some opinions from the medical dept before the test results.
“I don’t think we’re going to have good news. But the reason we’re here is for the beautiful FA Cup.”
Asked about whether the injury could be a grade 2 tear of the muscle, Mourinho said: “I’m not great on grades. I’m great on experience and feelings and again I’m not expecting very good news.
“I think we’re going to lose him for some period and because I’m totally convinced of that I can anticipate that I don’t want to here crying in every press conference now. Everybody knows who he is what he is, what he means for the club, his quality, the routines for the club, every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss so we’re going to miss him.”
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Mourinho is able to welcome back Heung-min Son from suspension against Boro, and is backing the South Korean to step up in Kane’s absence.
“But I don’t want to be crying here all the time, I want to focus now on the players that are available,” he said. “About Sonny I just cried once, for the three matches he was not playing I avoided speaking about him. Now Son is back I prefer to speak about Son rather than Harry.”