It hasn't been a good January for Tottenham after they succumbed to their sixth league defeat of the season to Manchester United at Wembley and lost South Korea international Heung-min Son as he participates in the Asian Cup with his national side.
Now, they have been dealt with the blow of a lengthy injury to their star striker and top scorer Harry Kane after he appeared to pick up another ankle injury during the loss to the Red Devils. But how long will the England international be out for, how many games will he miss, and how serious is the injury? Goal takes a look.
How severe is Harry Kane's injury?
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino didn't alleviate anxieties about the extent of Kane's injury following the conclusion of the fixture against United, telling reporters : "We are worried about that, we try to see tomorrow and we hope [it is not too bad].
"I think it was in the last action, you can see on your cameras it was a clear foul. I don't remember who [was involved], but it was a big hit, a foul.
"In that moment he twists his ankle. We hope it's not a big issue, but if it is, it is a big problem for us."
Kane emerged second-best following an incident involving Phil Jones that saw him writhing in pain on the pitch as the full-time whistle blew at Wembley, and looked to be shaking his head and looking concerned as he was helped off the field.
Spurs were unable to get an immediate assessment of the injury as they had to wait for the swelling around Kane's ankle to subside before properly scanning the affected area.
However, have since confirmed that the striker will miss up to six weeks of action, with a view to return to training in early March.
This then means that he will be missing out on a string of high-profile fixtures that could make or break Spurs' season, including the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash with Dortmund.
He could, however, be in line to return in time for the North London derby on March 2 as well as the second leg of the last 16 tie on March 5.The injury has been compounded by the fact that Tottenham will also be missing out on the services of Son , who will be involved with South Korea at the Asian Cup for the remainder of January.
Games Kane will miss for Tottenham
|Jan 20||Fulham vs Tottenham||Premier League|
|Jan 24||Chelsea vs Tottenham||Carabao Cup|
|Jan 27||Crystal Palace vs Tottenham||FA Cup|
|Jan 30||Tottenham vs Watford||Premier League|
|Feb 2||Tottenham vs Newcastle||Premier League|
|Feb 10||Tottenham vs Leicester||Premier League|
|Feb 13||Tottenham vs Dortmund||Champions League|
|Feb 23||Tottenham vs Burnley||Premier League|
|Feb 27||Chelsea vs Tottenham||Premier League|
|Mar 2||Tottenham vs Arsenal||Premier League|
What injuries has Harry Kane suffered from in the past?
The 25-year-old has had a history of ankle problems in each of the last three seasons, having missed seven weeks through injury in the autumn of 2016 and three weeks with the same issue in the spring of 2018.
He also missed nearly a month of action in March of 2017 with the same issue, and it is through taking his past injury history into account that he will be missing out on an estimated four weeks with his fresh ankle concerns.