By Jonathan Veal, PA
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says it is too early to determine the severity of the ankle injury suffered by Harry Kane in the 2-2 draw at Everton.
Kane had scored twice but limped off in stoppage time at Goodison Park and was seen shaking his head as he walked down the tunnel.
With the Carabao Cup final nine days away, it was the worst possible sight for Spurs, who had been carried by their talisman striker on Merseyside as he took his tally to 21 Premier League goals for the season.
Kane has a history of ankle injuries but Mourinho did not want to say either way regarding the seriousness of the injury or whether he would be available for the final against Manchester City.
“I don’t know much. I don’t have much to say,” he said. “I don’t want to feed any speculation, I don’t want to be stupidly optimistic of saying nothing.
“Something, that something is going to stop him playing the next match or final, I don’t know. In this moment I don’t know. I don’t even think he knows.
“I believe that tomorrow we will see a reaction, have more details, diagnosis and then probably in the press conference before Southampton, I believe that Tuesday is the right moment to inform you about Harry.
“I don’t think it is crutches but I don’t know, but I left the dressing room when the players arrived.
“I said a quick hello to them and then I left to do press. If he did that then it is precaution, it is safety. I don’t know.”
Kane perhaps raised optimism that the injury was not too bad as he did not mention it after the game, something he has done in the past.
He tweeted: “Disappointed with only a point. Big week coming up.”
Disappointed with only a point. Big week coming up. pic.twitter.com/GHPaWNX0aE
— Harry Kane (@HKane) April 16, 2021
Kane’s goals, which take him two clear in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, earned Spurs a point in a game where their top-four hopes diminished even further.
The England captain fired his side in front in the 27th minute but, after Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the spot four minutes later and then fired Everton ahead on the hour, Kane’s second ensured it ended all-square.
The draw was not much good for Everton either as they remain a point worse off than Spurs.
They have drawn their last three games and the top four is now looking unlikely, but boss Carlo Ancelotti has not given up hope of qualifying for Europe next season.
“I don’t know if it is a fair result, I have to judge by the performance of my team and it was good in a lot of aspects,” he said.
“We did two mistakes that conceded the goals and usually the defenders are comfortable in those situations. We have to look forward, we have to look at the performance and in my opinion it was one of the best performances at home.
“We have lost four points from our last two home games and we have less possibility to reach Europe, but the race is absolutely open.
“Until then we have to keep fighting and try to get the results in the next game. I am confident that we will fight until the last game and then we will see.”