Harry Kane has been ruled out until April after Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the striker will undergo surgery on his injured hamstring.
Spurs have revealed Kane has suffered a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring and has been advised by specialists to go under the knife.
The England captain pulled up clutching his upper leg after scoring an offside goal in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat at Southampton in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.
Spurs did not put a time frame on his return at the time. A torn hamstring was the initial diagnosis and reports claimed Kane could be out until March.
But in reality the news is far worse for Spurs and England, who will both be without their talisman until he is expected to return to training in April.
A statement on Spurs’ official website read: “Following ongoing assessment by our medical staff over the past week, we can confirm that Harry Kane will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring.
“The striker suffered the injury during our Premier League fixture against Southampton last week and specialists have advised surgery after further review of the injury.
“The decision to undergo surgery is not expected to impact the timeframe that the England captain will be sidelined, with the expectation that he will return to training in April.”
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Kane is the second Spurs player this week to be ruled out for three months, with Moussa Sissoko set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury.
The Londoners are also currently without Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies, and the additions of Kane and Sissoko to the injury list could force Jose Mourinho into the market this month.
Spurs had not been expected to do much business in January, but Mourinho’s options are now wearing thin and the club’s hierarchy could be forced to act.