One of the English Premier League’s most important games of the season will be without a key contributor. Tottenham Hotspur has formally announced that striker Harry Kane will be unavailable to play against Manchester United on Saturday due to a lingering hamstring injury.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 27, 2017
The 24-year-old Englishman originally suffered the injury during his team’s 4-1 win over Liverpool last weekend. Though he left the match late grabbing his left hamstring, the Spurs first insisted that Kane exited early due to fatigue. A few days later, and following his absence in a loss at West Ham on Wednesday, Tottenham was singing a much different tune, but still not one that will keep Kane out of the lineup for an extended period.
“For tomorrow, we cannot take a risk,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday, per ESPN’s Dan Kilpatrick. “It’s a minor injury, very small, but we cannot take a risk. We’ll see after for Wednesday against Real Madrid. Tomorrow, it’s impossible.”
Kane leads the Spurs in scoring this season with a Premier League-best eight goals. Dele Alli is second on the team with three tallies. Though losing one of the best scorers in the world is hardly an ideal scenario, it’s not like Tottenham doesn’t have the depth necessary to get a win at Old Trafford without him.
Alli and Son Heung-Min each scored more than 20 goals last season, and prized offseason acquisition Fernando Llorente gives the Spurs a wealth of experience up front, too. Even more encouraging? Last season, Tottenham went undefeated in eight games while Kane recovered from nagging ankle injuries.