• Scans reveal serious problem for England captain
• Spurs have no specialist senior replacement for striker
Harry Kane is not expected to return to action until at least March as scans on his injured hamstring have revealed a serious tear. The Tottenham striker limped off during his team’s 1-0 New Year’s Day defeat at Southampton and José Mourinho, the manager, made it clear on Friday lunchtime that he had started to plan for a number of weeks without him.
The club are wary of putting a public time frame on Kane’s absence, partly because they know he is a quick healer, who has usually returned ahead of schedule from previous injuries. There are also further checks that need to be made. But the bottom line is that the prognosis from the scans and tests so far is grim.