HARRY KANE is out until April with a hamstring injury, Tottenham have confirmed.
The Spurs and England captain will have surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring.
He was injured in Spurs’ Premier League game against Southampton on New Year’s Day.
It means the 26-year-old faces a race to be fit for the start of Euro 2020.
Depending on the rehabilitation process, the Three Lions talisman could even miss the tournament.
However Kane has a history of recovering earlier than expected from serious injuries.
England kick off their Euros campaign against Croatia on June 14.
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A statement on the Spurs website reads: “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.”
Kane has scored 17 goals in 25 games in all competitions for Spurs this season.
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A HAMSTRING tendon repair is a three or four-month lay-off so Harry could be out until May.
There is no doubt he is in a race for Euro 2020.
But it is a balance between the pressures of getting fit versus whether it is right for his body.
Look at David Beckham and his famous metatarsal fracture ahead of the 2002 World Cup. He returned quicker than expected but wasn’t at his best. The same with Wayne Rooney in 2006.
Will Gareth Southgate be worried? I expect so.
Right now I’d give Harry a 70-30 per cent chance of being fit for the Euros.
Even if Harry is back for the Euros, how he performs is another question.
The hamstrings are vital as they span two joints — the hip and knee.
Strains are common and generally improve without surgery but a ruptured hamstring tendon needs the two ends to be stitched up.
After the op, Harry will be in a limited motion brace and will start on a physio programme to ensure he doesn’t lose any fitness.
The news presented another headache for Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who has also seen midfielder Moussa Sissoko sidelined until April after undergoing knee surgery.
Spurs also have first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris recovering from injury, along with summer signing Tanguy Ndombele as well as full-back pairing Danny Rose and Ben Davies.
Kane will now also miss England’s friendlies against Italy and Denmark at the end of March.